UV meters installed at pools
The Pilbara’s very first UV meters have been installed at swimming pools in Newman and Marble Bar.
Both Shire of East Pilbara towns are known for frequently exceeding 38 in summer and have now purchased UV meters from the Cancer Council WA to warn residents at Newman Aquatic centre and Marble Bar’s RSL Park.
“The health and wellbeing of our community has always been a priority for us and so the purchase of UV meters is another way we can actively support the health of our residents and visitors by encouraging them to be aware of the UV factor, especially during cloudy or cooler days,” Shire of East Pilbara president Lynne Craigie said.
“Because we are so familiar with extreme heat in the East Pilbara, it’s not uncommon for us to baulk at skin protection on days that may seem cooler than usual and we perhaps neglect to take the proper precautions to protect us from the sun’s UV rays.
“But now, we are encouraged that the UV meters will remind everyone that we need to be aware of UV rays and the damage they can cause, not simply judging by the heat or sunshine.”
The Cancer Council WA’s SunSmart WA program has sold 45 UV meters in total with 31 residing in WA.
CCWA Sunsmart manager Mark Strickland said the program was working towards producing meters in small batches and incorporating refinements in each new batch.
“Ultimately, we’d love to see these meters in every shire around the country,” he said.
“When we are happy that the meters offer a great customer experience, we will make them widely available. Until then, we are happy to hear from other shires who want to go on to the waiting list for a meter.”