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2020 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Encouragement Awards

2020 Picture Ipswich Awards – Open Age

2020 Ipswich City Council Awards Open Age – Local Poets

2020 Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Awards Open Age – Other Poetry

2020 Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Open Age – Bush Poetry

2020 Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

2020 Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

2020 Broderick Family Awards 11-13 Years

Natsukashii by Caitlin McCusker (1st)

Yirrganydji Dreaming by Amaeh Reed (2nd)

I am Yirrganydji Dreaming.
The Rainbow Serpent Gudjugudju, shaped my world, 
the landscape and all that lies within and beyond.
Barrany, the sun as orange as flowering eucalyptus blossoms,
rising against early morning skies.
Birring, the deep, blue stretching waters, where sky and sea meet.
Dulubu, the shining stars, scattered amongst limitless skies.
The stars are our ancestors, the spirits, of my people.
And afterwards Gudjugudju slept, rested, under the warm sun at Wangal Djungay,
You know the place, Double Island. where dolphins swim among warm waters
glide so close to our canoes that you can reach out and touch them.
Today, there are barbecues and surf carnivals and swimming nets in the summer.
We used to live there.

Gudjugudju, the Rainbow Serpent shaped the land,
Moved through the landscape forming every creek, every billabong.
Which filled with djilibirri, barramundi, and dawugan, silver bream,
Their scales glistening under the silver moonlight.
Binda, the waterfall, refreshing amidst summers relentless humidity,
Where we stand under cascading water, surrounded by deep green ferns,
that sprout beside streams and moss covered boulders.
You know the place – Milla Milla, the place of the rainforest vine.
We hunt buurrarra, the agile wallaby, through golden grass plains.
As the evening wanes and garri, the setting sun becomes night,
We sit around bright campfires, under the midnight stars,
For our corroborees –  storytelling, singing and dancing.
And in the morning, the laughter of Goo-goor-gaga, the kookaburra,
Awakens sleepers before sunrise.
Now, there is farmland where gumtrees once stood.
Fences for places we can no longer explore.
Quarries and geotechnical investigation bores
And governments who sell our land for nothing at all.
Girramay country,  1996, bulldozed and fenced by an American pastoralist.
Two dollars per acre for our forest, two dollars per acre for our history.
Yungigali, our sacred site, destroyed.
We used to live there.

I stand at Lake Euramoo, Ngimun,
Lake Eacham, Yidyam  and Lake Barrine, Barany, are his brothers.
I remember the Dreamtime stories of the two men who angered Gudjugudju,
He split the ground with his wrath – water flooded the crater,  the lakes were formed.
Djaban, the sleek skinned eel,  darting through water lilies,
Always so much food here. We visit in the summer, to swim  – it’s cooler.

Now, you do as we once did –  swimming and fishing and camping.
But now you bring plastics that choke bajirri, the water goanna,
Empty beer bottles scattered around, dirty barbecue plates.
We used to live there.

We live in the same world, you and I
And for the most part, we are the same.
And yet, we are different.
We have walked this land for 60, 000 years
The land is our Mother, and we are her Children.
I am Yirrganydji Dreaming. – the world, the landscape
and all that lies within and beyond
Lies in our hearts – part of us forever.
Woven into our very being, never taken from us.
We used to live there.

Smoke by Isobel Riches (3rd)

Sun and Cloud by Alannah Buckingham (Highly Commended)

Hanahaki by Patricia Mabini (Highly Commended)

Flame by Isobel Riches (Highly Commended)

Outside is the Inside, Right? by Riley Gallagher (Highly Commended)

More Wishes by Hannah Randall (Highly Commended)

The Flying Dutchman by Hannah Oakley (Highly Commended)

Mosquito by Caitlin Mayo (Highly Commended)

Morning Routine by Meihsha Miller (Highly Commended)

2020 Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

2020 River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years