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Wimmera clubs to receive over $200,000 in shade grants

Article Category  Community Interest
Date Published  Thursday, April 19 2018

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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