Young Queenslanders highlight farm safety messages

The works of a dozen talented Queensland primary school students will once again showcase important farm safety messages in a colourful calendar that’s become a must-have household favourite.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace applauded the winners of a state-wide drawing competition, with all twelve masterpieces featuring in the 2020 edition of the farm safety calendar.

“With more than 1700 entries, the judges had a hard time narrowing it down to just 12 winners,” Ms Grace said.

“I congratulate the students and teachers for their commitment to this annual competition and ultimately to farm safety – they are all winners!

“These youngsters are really talented with so many colourful drawings and heartfelt safety messages.”

Run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, the farm safety calendar competition highlights important messages about working and playing safely on the land. Themes this year included machinery and vehicles; quad bikes; sun safety and healthy lifestyle; powerlines; and dams and waterways.

“February has been reserved for sun safety thanks to the contribution of Ravenshoe preppie Mya Swain, while the focus in July is electrical safety through the eyes of Corey Poelitz, a Grade 5 student at Tamrookum State School.

“All 12 narratives and illustrations reinforce safety messages for young and old who enjoy farm life.

“Interestingly, our judges ventured outside the listed topics when naming the December winner – Eve Hogan.

“A Grade 6 student from Ingleside State School in Tallebudgera Valley, Eve’s piece was about bushfires.

“Like Eve, the judging panel thought it was an important hazard for rural communities and should be covered.

As well as starring in the 2020 calendar, the 12 winning artists receive a $250 voucher each, while their school gets $500.

In the next couple of months, 30,000 calendars will be distributed around the state, ensuring there’s a year-long reminder for everyone to be farm safe.

To see all the winning entries, visit

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