WINNERS: Ipswich West State School won a number of awards for their sustainability practices.
WINNERS: Ipswich West State School won a number of awards for their sustainability practices. Rob Williams

Top marks for city schools

IPSWICH West State School, Ipswich Girls' Grammar School and Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway have taken out the top honours at this year's Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence.

The annual awards recognise individuals, companies and organisations who are committed to promoting and producing excellence in the design of new developments, the conservation of built heritage and the natural environment, and academically at local schools.

Some of the lucky winners were:

  • Heritage: Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway Co-op for its Queensland Pioneer Dinner Train.
  • Design: Ipswich Girls' Grammar School year 12 students Madeleine Arnold, Louise Porter and Tilly McEwan-Watson for their project on modern home design.
  • Environment: Ipswich West State School for its Growing Gardeners project.
  • Student: Ipswich West State School for its Growing Gardeners project.

In recognition of taking out spots in a number of different categories, Ipswich West State School also received a cheque for $2000 which will ensure their kitchen garden continues to flourish.

Ipswich Mayor and Planning, Development and Heritage Committee Chairman Cr Andrew Antoniolli said the awards recognised the community's commitment to making Ipswich a great place to live and work.

"It is important that we honour projects that promote an improved quality of lifestyle for residents, visitors and businesses," Cr Antoniolli said.

"Since their inception, the Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence have consistently attracted high quality entries and I am pleased to say that this year was no different."



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