GLEN WAVERLEY SOUTH PRIMARY SCHOOL
FREGON (Mount Waverley) (19:05:45): (1425) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health in the other place, and the action I seek is for the minister to provide funding to Glen Waverley South Primary School in my electorate, which has applied for a school shade grant under the government’s school shade grants program. The principal, Con Vellios, and his staff are dedicated to improving Glen Waverley South Primary School for all its many wonderful students. At the moment only half of the playground at Glen Waverley South is covered, which means that students in prep to grade 2 have cover but grades 3 to 6 miss out. If kids forget their hats, they have got to stay under cover when it is sunny. The provision of new shade sails will cover the entire area so that all children will have a shaded play space. We know how important it is to be sun smart. In the budget this year the Andrews Labor government has delivered on our election promises, and we have funded $15.1 million in SunSmart programs, including a $10 million boost for the hugely successful school and community shade grants program. I visited the school at an assembly earlier in the year, and my favourite part was listening to the children sing happy birthday to all the kids who were having a birthday at the time. When they got to the part ‘Happy birthday to …’, it was very cute; they sang, ‘Happy birthday to all the special people’, which was great. They are all special people, and they should get their shade grant. I hope we can do something special for them.
Answer: I am informed that:
I thank the member for raising this issue with me and would like to note the Member’s tireless advocacy for his local constituents. In particular, I note your support towards Glen Waverly South Primary School.
The Andrews Labor Government continues to deliver on the election commitment to provide $15.1 million dollars for Shade Grants and community awareness campaigns over 2019 – 2023. The Shade Grants Program provides grants to Victorian government schools and community organisations for shade development and sun protection items, including hats and sunscreen.
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. Through this program, the Labor Government is supporting more Victorians to keep active and enjoy the outdoors, while also helping them to be sun smart and prevent skin cancer.
Round four of the Program generated a large amount of interest, reflecting the need for greater shade availability in schools. In November 2019, I announced that 77 schools will share in almost $1 million from the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s School Shade Grants program.
I am pleased to note that Glen Waverley South Primary School was successful in their applications for funding.
Jenny Mikakos MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Ambulance Services