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Queensland primary school students are encouraged to draw and colour a picture to illustrate a farm safety message. The 12 winning entrants receive a $250 voucher, and $500 for their school!
The Farm safety calendar competition raises awareness among primary school students and their communities of common hazards on farms and other rural properties. The published calendar is an opportunity for safety messages to be prominently displayed in the home throughout the year, reminding Queenslanders of all ages to work and play safely on farm properties.
Students are asked to draw and colour a picture that illustrates one farm safety message (see below). Students must submit their entry on the competition template.
When speaking to students about farm safety and the competition, discuss each of the risks, why they are dangerous and how the risks can be controlled to keep them safe. Also talk about why it is important to talk to an adult if they feel unsafe or see something unsafe.
Choose a safety message
- Overhead powerlines are dangerous. Do not park equipment, operate machinery, or plant trees or crops under them.
- Safety switches save lives—get them fitted on all electrical circuits and test them regularly.
- Make sure you are properly trained and understand animal behaviour before working in stock yards.
- Always wash your hands after working with livestock or playing with animals as they carry diseases that can make people very sick.
Tractor and machinery safety
- Have a safe, fenced play area to keep children safe from machinery and water hazards.
- Do not carry passengers on farm vehicles unless there is a designated seat and seat belt for them.
Quad bike safety
- Never let children under 16 use an adult sized quad bike.
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet when you ride a quad bike.
- Stay well away from flood waters—there can be hidden dangers like strong currents, logs or other debris.
- Always have an adult with you when playing near or in dams, creeks and rivers.
Health and wellbeing
- Make sure you’re ready for work on the farm by eating healthy meals during the day and getting plenty of sleep.
- Stay sun safe when you work outside—wear a hat, drink water and take rest breaks in the shade.
- Ask children to use lots of colour.
- Ask children to draw the picture as clearly as they can and within the template drawing box.
- Ask children to choose the message they can most relate to.
- Ask children to read the messages carefully, as they are updated each year.
Judges will pick 12 of the best drawings to be included in the Farm safety calendar 2023. The aim is to have:
- two winning entries for each of the six safety messages
- an even spread of age groups, including at least one student from each year from prep to year 6
- winners from around the state, with a strong representation from rural and regional Queensland.
Judges will consider whether the drawing:
- has a clear safety message
- is relevant to the risk and solution
- portrays the safety message correctly
- is colourful.
Winners announced and calendar distributed
The 12 winners will be announced in October, and the free Farm safety calendar 2023 will be available in October. There will be 30,000 copies of the calendar available for Queenslanders to order.