Local schools, community groups and sporting clubs across the Murray Plains electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2019 Shade Grants Program that is now open.
Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said by establishing shaded areas within our schools and communities we can seriously abate the negative impacts of UV radiation.
The program provides grants of up to $25,000 for shade development in schools and $50,000 for eligible community groups and sporting clubs. Applicants may also request up to $700 for sun protection items only.
Mr Walsh said that approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.
“We know that prolonged exposure at even low levels to ultra violet radiation from the sun is very dangerous to our health.
“We also know that shade used in combination with other sun protection measures provides the best protection.
“I am positive that all eligible schools, community organisations and sporting clubs across the Murray Plains electorate could put additional shade structures and equipment to very good.use, not just in the heat of our summers, but all year round,” Mr Walsh said.
The School Shade Grants Program will close on 18th September 2019 and the Community Shade Grant Program will close on 2nd October 2019.
For further information visit https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/preventive-health/skin-cancer-prevention