Drawn to safety
SAFETY on farms is black and white.
Once an accident has happened it cannot be reversed and families and those affected have to live with the consequences.
The Farm Safety Calendar competition draws awareness to common farm safety hazards such as motorbikes and machinery, animal handling, sun safety and healthy lifestyle and kids on farms.
Eton State School’s year three student Alex Neaton was chosen as one of 12 winners from 700 entrants.
His photo is shown in the month of April of the calendar which will be handed to thousands of Queensland families.
For his winning entry he received $250.
“I will save it up and get more money so I can buy something,” Alex said.
When asked what he would want to buy, he said a farm.
The farm would have cows and horses and fences to keep them all in, Alex said.
He got the idea from his Mum, when she told him about the drawing competition.
Living on a property with a herd of quiet red brangus and one mad red brahman, Alex helps with all jobs that need to be done.
His picture shows him mustering the cows on his 15-year-old mare Surprise. He said he drew a water bottle to be safe in the heat, sun screen to be sun safe, the gate is shut so it cannot swing and his dad is there watching him.
Mirani MP Jim Pearce attended the award ceremony and surprised a cheerful Alex with his award. Despite the happy occasion the basis of the topic remains a serious matter.
“Tragically around 20 children are killed on farms in Australia every year, with many more suffering injuries,” Mr Pearce said.
“A calendar comp is a way to get our future farmers thinking about safety early in their lives.”
❝ Tragically around 20 children are killed on farms in Australia every year... — Jim Pearce
FARM SAFETY: MP Jim Pearce, Alex Neaton, Vicki Neaton and Luke Swallow from Worksafe Queensland at the Eton State School.