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2019 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

The Journey of the Wind by Callan Rhys Peterson (1st)

Happy Thoughts by Pharell Nepe (2nd)

Black Saturday by Amaeh Reed (3rd)

It was high summer in Australia, in February 2009
When the bushfires struck Victoria, the worst fires of all time
When smoke and flames devoured the gentle bushland green
And history now records, the worst fires ever seen.

The weeks before the firestorms, an extreme heatwave began
The sun beat down mercilessly upon a parched and blistering land
And eyes, both in city and country, turned wistfully in vain
Their faces towards the withering skies, but alas, there was no rain

At last, at last, a storm did come, but no rain did it bring
Insead it bought dry thunderstorms – thrashing thunder, flashing lighting
The Lightning God Zeus lit up the sky, in a crazy, diabolical plan
The wild winds roared- lightning struck – the bushfire began!

Small fires joined together to become raging fire fronts
That roared towards homesteads ,seemingly all at once
Darkness fell throughout the day, choking smoke filled the night
Desperate firefighters did their best to put up a valiant fight

But it was too late, the fire had taken a vicious life of its own
It torn down power lines and fences, and ravaged peoples homes
And all throughout the firestorm, the northeasterly winds did shriek
As town and farm  fell before the flames, the outlook was terribly bleak

People fled small country towns –  there was no time to waste
As families frantically packed treasured belongings, in a terrible, desperate haste
As embers rained down from the heavens, from the fire filled, orange sky
Gentle bushland creatures in the smoking  flames did die

And on, throughout the terrible time, people rallied to each other’s side
As fire raged around them, their courage  they did not hide.
Communities banded together, fighting desperately to save
Their friends and neighbours properties –  a mighty effort they gave

And when at last, the fires waned, a stony silence did descend
And the people of those ravaged towns finally saw the end
Of those terrible, destructive fires that tore their world apart
But the fires did not beat them – no, they did not take their heart

But still today, we remember, all those beautiful souls we lost
So much death and destruction – such an awful, appalling cost
We pause each year to remember, that terrible, fateful day
The bushfires that ravaged our nation on that bitter Black Saturday

Forget Me Not by Levi Vereyken (Highly Commended)

The Poppy Tree by Amaeh Reed (Highly Commended)

The Broken Among Us by Pharell Nepe (Highly Commended)

Fire by David Moala (Highly Commended)

Undertaker by Hudson Tille (Highly Commended)

Lightning by Luke Frappell (Highly Commended)

Trees by Madelynne Craig (Highly Commended)

Decorated Cups by Leira Camille Caniones (Highly Commended)

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years