'Wetlands and Waterways' poetry competition unearths Avon's bush poets
Released 25 Nov 2008
A wetlands and waterways poetry competition held by the Department of Water as part of the Avon Ribbons of Blue project has brought some budding Henry Lawson's to the surface.
Ribbons of Blue has been working with school and community groups to promote water quality monitoring activities and projects in the Avon region.
"The competition invited community and school groups to submit poems they had written under the theme of 'Wetlands and Waterways'," the department's Ribbons of Blue coordinator for the Swan Avon region, Claire Hamersley said.
"Entrants could write about any inland body of water from a backyard pond to the Avon River to the salt lakes of the wheatbelt.
"We received 80 entries from school students from Kindergarten through to year seven."
Claire said picking winners from such a fabulous range of entries proved a difficult task.
"The poems were of a very high standard and the judges found it very difficult to choose a winner among the poems. In the end however, winners were picked along with runners-up and three highly commended entries.
"It was a tough decision trying to narrow down the field of poems to just a few and there was lots of discussion among the judges, but in the end a decision was made and those who have received prizes and commendations thoroughly deserved them.
"It's great to read about different waterways and wetlands that students find enjoyable to live near, how students perceive their environment and the Avon River, and also what issues they relate to strongly enough to write about.
"Writing about places that are important to us in a poetic style gives us another way of looking at our surrounding environment.
"We definitely have some budding poets amongst us and it has been a very enjoyable experience reading through these poems and I would like to thank everyone who took part in this year's poetry competition as all the poems read were of an excellent standard and were very enjoyable!"
The overall regional winner: Emily Cousins - Brookton District High School
Winner of the year 4-7 category: Alex Wehr - York District High School
Runner-up of year 4-7 category: Amy Judd - York District High School
Winner of Kindergarten – year 3 category: Keenan Walthers
Joint runners-up of Kindergarten – Year 3 category:
Sam Tapscott – York DHS and Ruby Harrison-Green
Highly Commended Awards –
I am as old as the hills
I have seen everything
I am the flowing water
I am the froth and the bubbles
I am the muddy shore
I am the silent river bed
I am the tangled grass
I am the damp soil
I am the tall trees
I am the smell of eucalyptus
I am the mossy rocks
I am the chirping bird
I am the frog sitting on the bank
I am Nature at Mile Pool
Emily Cousins – Regional Winner
Water rushing rapidly
Algae floating down the river
Turtles swimming through the weeds
Enthusiastic fish skimming past stones
Rapidly rushing to get some food
Waterlilies and tadpoles
Amazing insects speeding over water
Yabbies nipping bait
Slowly running of our energy
Alex Wehr – Year 4-7 category winner
Frog smells drifting through the air
Rocks flowing through the water
Over flowing the rocks
Green colours dancing in the water
Pebbles sinking to the bottom
On the pond lily pads
Never is clean
Deep and green
Keenan Walthers – Kindergarten – Year 3 category winner
'Ribbons of Blue is an environmental water quality monitoring network which, through environmental education, raises awareness, develops skills and understandings about water quality in a whole of catchment context leading to on-ground action for a better environment.'
Contact: Dianne Dixon
Phone: (08) 6364 6983 / 0419 910 847