More students from across Northern Victoria will be protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays, thanks to the Victorian Government’s School Shade Grants Program.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced the schools from across Northern Victoria that will share in over $1.3 million of funding from round 5 of the School Shade Grants Program.
- Ardmona Primary School will receive $5,564.55 to replace existing permanent shade.
- Toolamba Primary School will receive $4,400.91 to repair/replace existing permanent shade.
- Wodonga Senior Secondary School – Shepparton Flexible Learning Centre will receive $700 to purchase sun protective items.
- Koondrook Primary School will receive $ 19,092.27 funding to provide permanent shade and sun protective items.
- Koorlong Primary School will receive $22,727.27 funding to provide permanent shade.
- Kyabram P-12 College will receive $700 to purchase sun protective items.
- Colbinabbin Primary School will receive $136.36 to purchase sun protective items.
- Lake Boga Primary School will receive $15,437.27 to repair/replace existing permanent shade.
- Swan Hill Specialist School will receive $ 3,533.64 for the purchase of permanent shade for a play area.
The School Shade Grants Program provides grants for schools to build new shade structures, repair existing structures, or create natural shade by planting trees and purchase sun protective items including hats and sunscreen.
When used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and clothing, shade structures are the best defense and can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent.
In 2018, melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria with 3,096 new cases diagnosed and sadly 291 deaths.
Through this program, the Government is helping children to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer, while still embracing the outdoors and keeping fit, active and healthy.
It is important children and teenagers stay protected from the sun as these are critical periods when exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer later in life. Schools play an important role teaching effective SunSmart behaviours from an early age.
The School Shade Grants Program is complemented by the Community Shade Grants Program, which provides shade for community organisations. Together, these programs have awarded 1,429 grants across Victoria, totalling almost $13.5 million.
It forms part of the Government’s ambitious Victorian Cancer Plan 2020-24 which sets out a target to halve the proportion of Victorians diagnosed with preventable cancers by 2040.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“It’s great for kids to spend time playing outdoors and keeping active. With the harsh sun and heat in Northern Victoria during summer, these grants mean local school children can still enjoy the outdoors while having the necessary shade to be protected from the sun.”
“Skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer in Australia. It’s important we give Victorians the protection they need to stay SunSmart.”
“Our grants programs have helped hundreds of schools and community groups provide the protection Victorians need to prevent cancer. Now even more children in Northern Victoria will be shielded from the sun’s harmful UV rays.”