Drawn to safety

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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.

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