Shade Grants

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (11:47:56): (1778) My question is for the Minister for Health in the other place. What will the minister do to assist community groups in my Hawthorn electorate to provide shade and sun-protective items in their outdoor spaces and for events? The Andrews Labor government has an ambitious goal of saving 10 000 lives from cancer, and key to that is the prevention of cancer. Skin cancer is prevalent in the community, but it is so, so preventable. I know several sporting clubs, kinders and groups, like the Camberwell Hockey Club and the Hawthorn Bowling Club, in my electorate that have been proactive and have applied for shade grants. As we head into summer we need to remember to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide. Having shade and sun-protective items like hats and sunscreen will give a helping hand to ticking off three of those five skin cancer prevention tasks. I support these applications, and I look forward to the minister’s response.