Shade grants provide Valley schools sun protection

Students from two Latrobe Valley schools will be better protected from the sun, after receiving almost $50,000 combined funding for sun shades.

Moe’s Baringa School and Newborough’s Lowanna College will receive $24,885 and $25,000 respectively from the first round of the State Government’s School Shade Grants Program.

The funds will be used for a purpose-built sun shade at each of the schools.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said the grants would provide shade and create healthier and more comfortable places for students to enjoy.

“Kids are increasingly aware of the importance of being sun smart and maintaining a healthy balance of UV exposure when playing outdoors,” Ms Shing said.

“Strong sun protection policies at school promote better health and reduce risk for kids now and later in life.”

Health Minister Jill Hennessy said melanoma was one of the most prevalent, yet largely preventable cancers affecting Victorians.

“That’s why we’re providing more shade in school playgrounds to protect kids and teachers across Victoria,” she said.

“We want to make sure children learn as early as possible about the importance of being sun smart when playing outdoors.”

The schools were two of six in Gippsland who received funding from round one, totalling more than $115,000.

Round two of the program is now open for applications. Schools wishing to apply can do so at