A community effort combined with tips for staying safe on-farm proved a winning formula for regional South Australian high school, Kimba Area School, named winner of the inaugural Farm Safety Student Video Competition.
Conducted by the Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP), the competition was open to high school students in an effort to encourage the younger generation to discuss the importance of farm safety, in a way that resonated with their peers.
The goal of the Partnership is to improve the health and safety of workers and their families in farming industries across Australia. It is funded by the Cotton, Grains and Rural Industries Research and Development Corporations, as well as the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and Meat & Livestock Australia.
PIHSP Chairman Patrick Murphy said the winning entry from Kimba Area School on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, provided useful on-farm information about agricultural safety.
“The judging panel enjoyed the fact that so many different aspects of farm safety were acknowledged, from farm machinery to grain storage to quad bike safety,” Mr Murphy said.
“It was wonderful to see statistics referenced, as well as the number of students, teachers and parents who got involved in the development of this entry.”
An entry from three Year 10 agriculture students from Nowra High School was named as runner-up, for their efforts in creating a farm safety video to the tune of a well-known pop song.
“This entry also touched on a wide range of farm safety aspects and the creativity and originality impressed the judges,” Mr Murphy said.
“It was really pleasing to see so many group entries in this category, where school and community groups planned and developed the content for their videos.
“This was the core purpose of the competition, to encourage young people to talk about farm safety and discuss it with each other.”
$1,000 first place: Kimba Area School, SA
$500 runner-up: Nowra High School, NSW Year 10 students
Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP) videos can be found here
For more information about the partnership, visit www.rirdc.gov.au/PIHSP.
The Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership (PIHSP) is funded by the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC), Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC), Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC). The PIHSP aims to drive sustainable improvements to work health and safety outcomes in agriculture, forestry and fishing through investment in RD&E.