Young Queenslanders highlight farm safety messages

Published Thursday, 19 September, 2019 at 05:00 PM

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
The Honourable Grace Grace

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


Media contact: Scott Chandler - 0439 578 472


Farm safety calendar competition 2019 winners (for 2020 calendar)  




School and suburb

Month and theme

Campbell Newell

Grade 5

Augathella State School, Augathella

Month – January

Theme – Dams and waterways

Mya Swain


Ravenshoe State School, Ravenshoe

Month – February

Theme – Sun safety

Jada Stankovich

Grade 4

Mareeba State School, Mareeba

Month – March

Theme – Electrical safety

Lauren Pascoe

Grade 3

Peak Crossing State School, Peak Crossing

Month – April

Theme – Quad bikes

Zoe Veitch


Grade 5

St Bernard State School, Tamborine Mountain

Month – May

Theme – Fenced yard

Kayden Gear

Grade 5

Norville State School, Norville

Month – June

Theme – Machinery

Corey Poelitz

Grade 5

Tamrookum State School, Tamrookum

Month – July

Theme – Electrical safety

Ashlyn Woodford

Grade 3

Sharon State School, Sharon

Month – August

Theme – Fenced yard

Eliza Crawford


Grade 1

Kingaroy State School, Kingaroy

Month – September

Theme – Quad bikes

Lincoln Hohn


St Maria Goretti Catholic Primary School, Inglewood

Month – October

Theme – Machinery



Grade 2

Pittsworth State School, Pittsworth

Month – November

Theme – Dams and waterways

Eve Hogan

Grade 6

Ingleside State School, Tallebudgera Valley

Month – December

Theme – Bushfires