Talented young students do their bit for farm safety awareness calendar
TWELVE primary school students from regional Queensland have had their winning entries in a drawing competition printed in the 2018 Farm Safety Calendar.
At a special assembly at Torbanlea State School, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the Queensland Government’s farm safety calendar competition was again very popular.
“We had over 700 entries from across the state this year and I’d like to thank all those kids and their helpful teachers for entering, but unfortunately there can only be as many winners as there are months in the year,” Ms Grace said.
“Once the calendar is published with each of those 12 winning entries in it, we’ll give away thousands of them all over the state to be hung up in homes as a reminder to stay safe all year round.
“So this is not just a colouring-in competition, it’s an important way to get people thinking about safety on rural properties.
“Tragically, around 20 children are killed on farms in Australia every year, with many more hospitalised.
“And for the most part these are preventable deaths – if a few safety basics are followed.
“Well done to Year 5 student India Ryan from Torbanlea State School for her masterpiece, which highlighted the benefits of eating healthy and getting lots of sleep.”
India’s work features for December in the 2018 calendar and she and the other 11 successful artists receive a $250 voucher, and their school a $500 voucher.
“Sadly, a lot of injuries happen on farms, so the calendar competition is a way to get our future farmers thinking about safety nice and early,” Ms Grace said.
Information on the farm safety calendar competition is available by searching for it at worksafe.qld.gov.au.
BRIGHT IDEA: One of the winning entries in the 2017 Worksafe Calendar Competition.