Prep student Charlee Nichol’s winning artwork for the 2022 Farm Safety calendar

October 7, 2021

Artwork by a young student from Durong South State School will be included in the 2022 Queensland Farm Safety Calendar.

Prep student Charlee Nichol chose “Health and Wellbeing – Sun Safety” as the theme for the artwork, featured on the February calendar page.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace praised all the students who had entered the competition for wanting to raise awareness of safety issues on farms and in rural communities.

“The Farm Safety calendar competition gives primary school students the opportunity to share with their communities the common hazards on farms and other rural properties,” Ms Grace said.

“The agriculture industry employs around three per cent of state’s workers yet accounts for almost a third of our workplace deaths. Tragically, farm vehicles, often with children around, figure in a large proportion of those incidents.

“There was massive interest this year with a record 1953 entries featuring creative and colourful drawings about electrical safety, animal safety, tractor and machinery safety, quad bike safety, water safety, and general health and wellbeing.”

The 12 winners will each receive a $250 gift voucher plus another $500 for their school.

Ms Grace said 30,000 copies of the latest farm safety calendar would be available from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland during Safe Work Month.

She thanked the judges from the Queensland Country Women’s Association, AgForce Queensland, North Australian Pastoral Co, Department of Education, WHSQ and the Electrical Safety Office for the difficult job of choosing 12 illustrations.

The annual competition has been running since 2015 with almost 8500 entries from Queensland children over the past seven years.

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