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Government to help with shade

Minyip Progress Association secretary Chris Niewand, president Peter Bridgland and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green at the launch of Minyip Travellers Rest. They are inthe town's new roundabout.

MParliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green

Communities across the Wimmera will get extra protection from the sun with help from the State Government.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green visited Stawell to announce grant recipients from the second round of the government’s Community Shade Grants Program.
Ms Green said shade in outdoor public spaces, when used along with other sun-protection measures including sunscreen and protective clothing, formed the best defence against UV over-exposure.
“We are supporting people across the Wimmera to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer, while also embracing the outdoors and enjoying a more active and healthy lifestyle,” she said.
Grant recipients include:
• Ararat and Stawell Archers, $4000.
• Northern Grampians Shire Council, $40,636.
• Ss Michael and John’s Catholic Church, Horsham, $28,061.
• St Arnaud Kindergarten, $1830.
• Halls Gap Botanic Garden, $15,000.
• Nhill Bowling Club, $5000.
• Green Park Kindergarten, Horsham, $4545.
• Kaniva Bowls Club, $16,950.
• Coughlin Park Bowls Club, Horsham, $9495.
Ms Green said she was delighted so many organisations had been proactive and applied for funding.
“Our 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,” she said.
“Skin cancer is a major health issue for Victorians, yet it’s mostly preventable. That’s why the people of the Wimmera need to be sun smart.”

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