Labor Government Delivering Shade Protection for Altona District
Altona District has been awarded $3,782 by the Andrews Labor Government to provide much needed protection from harmful UV rays by increasing the provision of shade in the community.
Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy MP today announced the recipients of grants from the first round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Shade Grants Program.
Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and in 2014 melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria. It’s estimated that 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year.
Shade is a simple and effective way to protect ourselves from the sun and by doing so reduces the likelihood of deadly skin cancer.
The Labor Government has committed $15 million for skin cancer prevention initiatives, including $5 million for SunSmart education campaigns and $10 million in grants for shade in public places.
Organisations around Wyndham and Hobsons Bay will share in $16,452 worth of grant funds to use to build new shade structures, repair existing shade, purchase portable shade or create natural shade by planting trees.
The grants can also be used to purchase hats and sunscreen to further protect the community from the harsh rays of the sun.
Organisations in Altona District that will receive a grant from the first round of the Community Shade Grants Program are Altona Life Saving Club and Point Cook Netball Club.
Priority for grants has been given to rural and regional areas with high rates of skin cancer and mortality and areas of socioeconomic disadvantage. At least one grant was awarded in each of the 79 Local Government Areas.
Quotes attributable to Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy MP
“We all love spending time outdoors but it is important we are adequately protected from the sun, especially between September and April when UV levels are high.”
“Skin cancer is a major health issue for Victorians, yet it’s mostly preventable. That’s why the people of Melbourne’s West need to be sun smart.”
“Altona Life Saving Club and Point Cook Netball Club are popular, active community groups. I am thrilled that they will have access to more shaded areas so all their members and supporters can enjoy their time outdoors safely.”