6th Annual Merriwa Farm Safety Day is on Wednesday

INTERACTIVE: The annual Merriwa Farm Safety Day returns to the Merriwa show ground on Wednesday June 19. Photo: Supplied
INTERACTIVE: The annual Merriwa Farm Safety Day returns to the Merriwa show ground on Wednesday June 19. Photo: Supplied

A DAY full of displays and workshops designed to promote safe work and play on local farms is coming to Merriwa next week.

Coordinated by Merriwa's Rob Tindall, the 6th Annual Merriwa Farm Safety Day brings together more than 200 local school children from more than seven schools to educate them about being safe and sensible on the land.

Held at the Merriwa Showground from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday June 19, all interested community members, farmers, landholders and children are encouraged to attend.

Quad bikes are one of the leading causes of death and injury on Australian farms.

According to Safe Work Australia, in 2018, there were 10 quad bike fatalities in Australia.

The figures show that in the eight years from January 1 2011 to December 31 2018, 126 people died in quad bike incidents in Australia.

In an effort to beat some of those statistics, SafeWork NSW will be running an information booth featuring the Quad Bike Virtual Reality Simulator plus the latest in farm safety programs including a range of NSW Quad Bike Safety rebates for helmets, drones, side-by-sides and Quad-bars for eligible farm businesses and farm workers.

The day will feature free farm safety workshops in stock handling and quad bikes thanks to Tocal College.

You can also brush up on your firearms and chainsaw safety or book in for a free TAFE AgriSkills workshops for Chainsaws Operation & Chemical training.

There will be a drone display, the local RFS will be on hand to help you prepare a Bush Fire Survival Plan for you and your animals and the opportunity to meet your local emergency service workers.

Health check-ups and a skin cancer check with Hunter Medical Practice will also be available throughout the day.

Following the displays, the community can join the Merriwa CWA at the CWA Rooms for a free supper and an evening session on Cyber-safety and security.

There will also be the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at The Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Please RSVP for catering to Rob Tindall 0427 761159

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