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Tuesday, 18 October 2016



California Gully Primary School in Bendigo has been awarded $27,500 in government funding to get some much needed protection from harmful UV radiation by installing sun shade around their school.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP, today announced the recipients of grants from the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s School Shade Grants Program.

The Labor 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.

California Gully Primary School will share in the $1.4 million worth of grant funds awarded in Round 2 of the School Shade Grant Program to build new shade structures, repair existing shade, purchase portable shade or create natural shade by planting trees.

Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and in 2014 melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria. It’s estimated that 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year.

Childhood and adolescence are periods where over-exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer later in life.

Shade is a simple and effective way to protect ourselves from the sun and by doing so reduces the likelihood of deadly skin cancer.

It is important to balance the risks of skin cancer from over-exposure to UV radiation with maintaining adequate vitamin D levels and spending time outdoors keeping physically active as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The Schools Shade Grant Program is complemented by the Community Shade Grant Program which provides grants for shade in community settings such as parks, sports clubs and playgrounds.

So far, the School and Community programs have awarded over $5 million in shade grants across three rounds with further rounds still to come. Those interested in future grant rounds can register their interest by emailing

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