Wimmera clubs to receive over $200,000 in shade grants
|The Jeparit Anglers Club, Wimmera Hockey Association and the Nhill Agricultural and Pastoral Society are amongst 24 local organisations that will benefit from the latest round of shade grants.
These groups are amongst 24 from the region and 323 from across the state that will share in share in $2 million from the third round of the Community Shade Grant Program.
The full list of Wimmera recipients include :
|Donald Lawn Tennis Club|| $2,500 |
|Donald Public Cemetery Trust ||$2,245 |
|Goodwin Village Donald ||$1,006 |
|Horsham Agricultural Society ||$6,500 |
|Horsham Panthers Rugby League Club ||$2,200 |
|Horsham Presbyterian Church ||$4,000 |
|Jeparit Anglers Club ||$8,700 |
|Kaniva Hockey Club ||$21,552 |
|Minyip Recreation Reserve ||$20,000 |
|Murtoa Swimming Pool ||$19,110 |
|Nhill Agricultural and Pastoral Society ||$5,000 |
|Serviceton Golf Club ||$16,643 |
|St Arnaud Neighbourhood House ||$11,586 |
|St Arnaud Pony Club ||$1,696 |
|Stawell Golf Club ||$35,000 |
|Stawell Tennis Club ||$3,404 |
|Stuart Mill Rural Fire Brigade ||$2,658 |
|Sunnyside Horsham Sporting Club ||$15,000 |
|Victorian Field & Game Donald Branch ||$4,033 |
|Warracknabeal Bowling Club ||$18,340 |
|Willaura Modern Inc ||$2,291 |
|Wimmera Hockey Association ||$4,893 |
|Wurega Aboriginal Corporation ||$20,000|
|Yarrilinks Inc ||$5,515|
Above - Hockey players across the Wimmera will benefit from extra shade from this grant.
Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said when used alongside other sun protection measures like sunscreen and protective clothing, shade structures are the best defence against dangerous UV radiation.
“Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent, yet largely preventable cancers affecting Victorians which makes it really important to be sun smart,” Ms Pulford said.
“Our shade grants are making a real difference to local communities and sporting clubs in placed like Horsham, Stawell, Murtoa and Warracknabeal,” she said.
“Through the Community Shade Grant Program, which assists organisations to purchase and install shade sails or plant shady trees, the Government is helping Victorians to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer, while also embracing the outdoors,” Ms Pulford said.
The 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.
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