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Money for shade plans

Sporting and social groups across the Wimmera are among many set to benefit from a State Government Community Shade Grants Program.

The program aims to help protect people from UV rays by installing sunshades in public areas and sporting clubs.

Groups will use the grants to construct shade structures, purchase portable shade, plant natural shade, repair existing shades or purchase sun-protective items. 

Wimmera groups to receive funding are: Brim Sports Club, $12,913 for permanent shade; Dimboola Football Netball Club, $636 for sun protection items; Stawell Tennis Club, $37,016 for permanent shade; Horsham Girl Guides, $636 for sun protection items; Rupanup Kindergarten, $3855 to repair existing shade; and Horsham Saints Cricket Club, $700 for sun protection items.



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Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said when used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and clothing, shade structures could reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 percent.

She said the grants would ensure more people in the Wimmera were protected from the sun.

The grants are part of a Labor election commitment to provide $15.1 million over four years in SunSmart programs.

The entire January 8, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!