The Queensland Government’s annual farm safety calendar competition for school kids has been launched.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace launched the competition on Wednesday at Woongarra State School with the State Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson.
“We’d like kids to draw pictures about health and safety topics on farms and enter their masterpieces in the 2017 farm safety calendar competition,” Ms. Grace said.
“Tragically around 20 children are killed on Australian farms every year, with many more hospitalised.
“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is actively promoting safety on rural properties with a strong focus on educating school kids.
“In 2016, there were 498 entries from 43 schools across the state. This year, I’m hoping we break the 500 entry barrier and get even more schools involved in what’s an important project about safety for those who live on the land.
“Twelve winning entries will be published in the 2018 edition of the farm safety calendar, with each winner getting a $ 250 voucher and their school getting a $ 500 voucher.”
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson is encouraging students in the Bundaberg region to get involved in the farm safety calendar competition.
“There are great cash prizes on offer this competition but it’s also a chance to spread the farm safety message far and wide,” Ms. Donaldson said.
“Unfortunately a lot of injuries happen on farms, so the calendar competition is a fun and informative way to show our future farmers that these mishaps can be prevented with a little extra care and planning.
“And for those who hang one proudly in their homes or workplaces, the calendars are a year-long reminder to be farm safe.”
Entries in the 2017 farm safety calendar competition must be lodged online by 16 June 2017. The winners will be announced in September.
To find out how to enter the competition, visit worksafe.qld.gov.au or call 1300 362 128.
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