Beaudesert launches final offensive in battle for Archibull votes

BEST HOPE: Victory in the People's Choice Archibull category is a real possibility for Beaudesert State High School's Art 4 Agriculture Archibull entry.
BEST HOPE: Victory in the People's Choice Archibull category is a real possibility for Beaudesert State High School's Art 4 Agriculture Archibull entry.

STUDENTS at Beaudesert State High School are hoping their community will step up to get them over the line by voting online for the Archibull People's Choice awards.

Agriculture teacher Laura Perkins said the school had received a lot of support from local businesses, dairy farmers and the Beaudesert community and appealed for a final effort before voting closes next week.

"We are hoping people will vote online and share the link with family and friends to encourage them to vote for us as well," Ms Perkins said.

"Voting is still open until November 7 and we want to get as far ahead as we possibly can so we don't get left behind."

Beaudesert State High School is currently in second place with 32 per cent of votes, trailing behind Sydney's Northern Beaches Secondary College at Manly at 41 per cent.

The BSHS entry features an Australian flag, writing in braille, a three-dimensional farm scene, cow bones and a robotic milking arm.

It also includes high-tech elements like lights, movement and electronics like last year's entry which saw them win the Jim Pratley Innovation in Technology Award.

It was designed to reflect this year's Archibull theme - "feeding, clothing and powering a hungry nation is a shared responsibility".

Students decided upon the name Hope, in recognition of the community's resilience in the face of droughts affecting the Scenic Rim.

The creation process was documented in a blog, written from Hope's point of view.

"At the moment, the town where I live has been through a lot," the blog says.

"There (have) been some very terrible fires. The town and surrounding areas are in drought. Water is running out...The cattle are hungry, a lot are losing condition. Feed is both scarce and expensive. We are all hoping for rain."

Cast your vote at at art4agriculture.chat/2019/10/13/pick-the-winner-of-2019-archibull-prize/ or poll.fm/10431494.