Queensland students reminded to enter farm safety calendar competition

Queensland students are being reminded to enter the 2020 Farm Safety calendar competition before it closes on June 28.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the annual competition gets primary school children thinking about farm safety.

“Last year, we had over 1800 entries for the 2019 calendar, and now nearly 30,000 calendars are hanging in homes and workplaces throughout Queensland as a year-long reminder for everyone to stay safe on farms,” Ms. Grace said.

“Twelve winning drawings will be published in the 2020 Farm safety calendar, and the winning entrants will each receive a $ 250 voucher and $ 500 for their school.”

Ms. Grace said rural properties could be dangerous places if safety wasn’t a priority.

“We’re asking young Queenslanders who live, work and play on these properties to come up with images to remind people about some of the biggest risks – quad bikes, powerlines, farm machinery, sun safety, and dam and waterway safety,” she said.

“Around three per cent of Queenslanders are employed in the agriculture industry, mainly in the livestock and horticulture sectors, yet the industry as a whole is responsible for more than 30 per cent of workplace deaths each year.

“The Farm Safety Calendar is a fun and rewarding way to get kids thinking about safety, and a prompt for their parents to think twice before taking a risk.”

All entries must be in by 28 June 2019 and winners will be announced in late September 2019. The free calendar will be available from October 2019.

Details on how to enter the competition are available on worksafe.qld.gov.au.

 

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