Tal­ented young stu­dents do their bit for farm safety aware­ness cal­en­dar

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BRIGHT IDEA: One of the win­ning en­tries in the 2017 Work­safe Cal­en­dar Com­pe­ti­tion.

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