More shade for the Western District

Casterton Pastoral and Agricultural Society and Victoria Valley Hall are about to receive some much needed protection from the sun thanks to the Andrews Government.

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced the recipients of grants from the second round of the Government’s Community Shade Grants Program.

Ms Pulford said shade in outdoor public spaces, when used along with other sun protection measures including sunscreen and protective clothing, forms the best defence against UV over-exposure.

“We are supporting people in the Western District to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer, while also embracing the outdoors and enjoying a more active and healthy lifestyle,” Ms Pulford said.

“I’m delighted to say Casterton P&A will receive $1,575 and Victoria Valley Hall $1,320 to purchase forms of portable shade which can be used to protect people attending outdoor events,” she said.

“Spending time outdoors is part of a healthy lifestyle, and it is important shade is easily available where people come together,” Ms Pulford said.

The Labor Government has committed $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.

“Skin cancer is a major health issue for Victorians, yet it’s mostly preventable. That’s why the people of the Western District need to be sun smart,” Ms Pulford said.

“With nearly $7 million already delivered, our shade grants are making a real difference to the communities across the district and beyond,” she said.

The Community Shade Grant Program provides grants for shade development, including building new shade, repairing existing shade, purchasing portable shade or creating natural shade by planting trees.

It is estimated that 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year, and in 2015, 421 Victorians died from skin cancer, over 1.5 times the Victorian road toll that year.