26 September 2023

School kids to draw new safety messages

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Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has called on primary school children to enter its annual farm safety calendar drawing competition.

“Students from Prep to Year 6 are encouraged to pick up some colouring pencils and compete for prizes by creating safety illustrations focused on electricity, animals, machinery, quad bikes, water safety, and general health and wellbeing on the farm,” the Agency said.

“Last year, demand for the free farm safety calendar was overwhelming, with more than 30,000 copies printed and distributed to homes as a year-round reminder of why it’s so important to think about safety on rural properties.”

It said that this year’s 12 competition winners would again have their illustrations published in the calendar and receive a $250 gift card for themselves and $500 for their school.

“More than 1,000 school children are expected to enter the competition this year, taking the number of entries to well over 10,000 since the competition started in 2015,” the Agency said.

Minister for Industrial Relations, Grace Grace said the farm safety calendar competition had become a key item in the school year.

“It’s terrific to see schools throughout Queensland highlighting the farm safety messages which play a vital role in promoting safe practices in our rural communities,” Ms Grace said.

“These drawings colour Queensland homes, workplaces and communities,” she said.

Entries for the 2023 edition are to close on 23 June with information about joining available from WorkSafe at this PS News link.

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