Sun safety for St Ar­naud square

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

St Ar­naud fam­i­lies will soon be able to make use of the town’s Mar­ket Square play­ground with­out hav­ing to worry about the dan­ger­ous ef­fects of the sun, thanks to the in­stal­la­tion of a large shade sail funded by the State Gov­ern­ment.

Backed by a $40,000 grant from the Com­mu­nity Shade Grants Pro­gram, the 20-me­tre by 14-me­tre shade sail will cover a large sec­tion of the play­ground, pro­tect­ing users from harm­ful UV rays.

North­ern Grampians Shire mayor and Kara Kara ward rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tony Driscoll said the project fo­cused on pro­tect­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions from the harsh Aus­tralian sun while still al­low­ing them to re­main ac­tive.

“Aus­tralia has one of the high­est in­ci­dences of skin cancer of any coun­try in the world, so it’s im­por­tant that we pro­vide ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion around pop­u­lar play ar­eas,” he said.

“Ev­ery year, there are about 750,000 skin can­cers treated in Aus­tralia, which equates to more than 2000 skin cancer treat­ments a day – the last thing we want is for one of our young peo­ple to be­come a part of those sta­tis­tics.”

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