More people in Northern Victoria will be protected from the sun’s rays, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government installing more sunshades and trees in community spaces and sports clubs across Victoria.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced clubs across Northern Victoria, who are some of the 323 community organisations who will share in $2 million from the third round of the Community Shade Grant Program.
1st North Shepparton Scout Group received $2,396
Nathalia & District Preschool received $9,037
Yarrawonga Mulwala Adult Riding Club received $4,456
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club received $3,438
Birchip Community Leisure Centre-Birchip Cricket Club received $11,475
Birchip Early Learning Centre received $50,000
Calivil Lawn Tennis Club received $4,537
Crossenvale Community House received $4,772
Echuca Moama Hockey Club received $4,897
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club received $ 8,365
Kyabram Vintage and Machinery Restoration Group received $5,000
Kyvalley Tennis Club received $14,396
Leitchville Tennis Club received $8,278
Lockington Neighbourhood House received $6,300
Katandra West Tennis Club received $5,000
Ro Cohuna Golf Bowling Club received $4,700
Loddon Shire Council received $6,618 & $18,181 for two different projects.
Rotary Club of Robinvale-Euston received $1,700
Kerang Bowling Club received $20,000
Quambatook Heritage Working Machinery Association received $5,000
Merbein Football Netball Club received $4,936
Mildura Basketball Association received $18,950
Mildura East Cricket Club received $4,009
Ouyen Bowls Club received $8,919
Red Cliffs Lawn Tennis Club received $8,800
Hopetoun & District Preschool received $3,000
Hopetoun Bowls Club received $10,450
Hopetoun Swimming Pool received $4,050
When used alongside other sun protection measures like sunscreen and protective clothing, shade structures are the best defence against dangerous UV radiation.
Through the Community Shade Grant Program, which assists organisations to purchase and install shade sails or plant shady trees, the Labor Government is helping Victorians to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer, while also embracing the outdoors and enjoying a more active and healthy lifestyle.
In delivering on a key election commitment, the Labor Government has invested $15 million for skin cancer prevention initiatives – including $5 million for SunSmart campaigns and $10 million in grants for shade in public places and government schools.
Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70.
It’s estimated that 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year. In 2016, 256 Victorians died from melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
The Community Shade Grant Program is complemented by the School Shade Grant Program, which provides grants for shade in Victorian Government schools. Together, these programs have awarded more than 1,000 grants across Victoria.
And our Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 has set an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer in the next 10 years.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP
“Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent, yet largely preventable cancers affecting Victorians – that’s why it’s so important to be sun smart.”
“Our shade grants are making a real difference to local communities and sporting clubs. “