Two local students from the Bundaberg Region will have their artwork featured in the 2023 Farm Safety Calendar.
Isabella Gatti from Kolan South State School and Jaxton Cox from Elliott Heads State School have been chosen for the January and August pages of the calendar.
The calendar can be ordered for free from the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) website, with 30,000 free copies available for Queenslanders in October.
Kolan South State School Principal Jeff Searle said the school community was proud of Year 6 student Isabella Gatti for winning the competition.
“Our students have been entering this competition for a number of years, so it is fantastic that Isabella’s entry has been selected for the 2023 calendar,” Mr Searle said.
“It is also a positive reminder for our students that ‘having a go’ can bring opportunity and success. The prize money is certainly a bonus, and will help provide some learning resources for our classrooms.”
Elliott Heads State School Acting Principal, David Theobald, said the school’s prizemoney from Year 3 student Jaxton Cox’s winning entry would go towards maintaining and expanding the school farm.
“The students get a lot of joy with harvesting and growing produce in our garden,” Mr Theobald said.
“This would help with planting a variety of different vegetables for students to enjoy.”
Farm Safety Calendar fun way to share serious message
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said WSHQ was inundated with 1500 entries from budding young artists this year.
“The Farm Safety Calendar competition is a great way to get kids from all over Queensland thinking about safety at home and in their classrooms,” Ms Grace said.
“It gives primary school students the opportunity to help spread the word about how to stay safe on farms and rural properties, protecting our great lifestyle.
“Jobs in agriculture are great jobs that provide better services to Queenslanders, and we want to make sure the message is out there: be safe on farms.
“The competition is a lot of fun, but the safety messages are serious.
“The agriculture industry employs around three per cent of Queensland workers but accounts for more than 30 per cent of workplace deaths.
“The 2023 calendar includes creative and colourful illustrations about electrical safety, animal safety, tractor and machinery safety, quad bike safety, water safety and general health and wellbeing.”
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