October 18, 2016


Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard today announced that Balliang East Primary School has been awarded $23,000 in government funding to get some much needed protection from harmful UV radiation by installing sun shade at the school.

“Kids love getting outside and being active – this new shade for Balliang East Primary School will help them do that with some extra protection from the sun,” Mr Howard said.

“Overexposure to UV during childhood and adolescence is known to be a major contributor to developing skin cancers later in life.

“With warmer weather not too far away Victoria’s average UV levels increase the risk for those without adequate sun protection.

“We want all children to learn to be sun smart by maintaining a healthy balance of UV exposure when they’re playing outdoors.”

Balliang East Primary School received the funding 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.

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.

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.

Those interested in future grant rounds can register their interest by emailing shade.grants@dhhs.vic.gov.au