Rowena Public School student Lincoln Cecil wins lower primary category in Dorothea Mackella poetry competition

A Rowena Public School student has achieved success in Australia's oldest national school poetry competition.

Seven-year-old Lincoln Cecil won the lower primary category in the Dorothea Mackellar poetry competition for his poem The Beat.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton congratulated the young poet.

"Well done to Lincoln, who at such a young age has written an outstanding poem," he said.

"The judge's comments were that Lincoln's poem had been 'written from the heart of experience', and I tend to agree."

Mr Coulton said the competition attracted almost 7000 entries from across Australia this year.

"I'd like to congratulate every student from the Parkes electorate who took part in this year's competition," he said.

"Writing poetry isn't easy. It helps fire up our imagination and utilises literacy skills. It's wonderful to see local students using their passion and creativity to follow in the footsteps of Dorothea Mackellar. A special congratulations to young Lincoln. It is a great honour to be recognised."

The Coalition Government is supporting Australia's bush poetry traditions by funding the competition through to 2021. The awards are administered by the Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Society.

To read Lincoln's award-winning poem and others, visit