Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green today visited Ashley Park Primary School, to announce that the school would receive $80,000 to install a new playground and two new shade sails.

Schools play a vital role in encouraging sun smart behaviours from an early age, and this new playground with shade sails will ensure kids can be active and safe while out in the sun.

Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and in 2014 melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria. It’s estimated that 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year.

Shade is a simple and effective way to protect from harmful UV radiation, and well-planned and designed shade can reduce overall exposure to UV radiation by up to 75 per cent.

The Andrews Labor Government has invested over $19 million to deliver the brand new school which will accommodate up to 475 students from Prep to Year 6. The school is one of nine Victorian government schools which opened this year and one of the first of 100 new schools to open across the state over the next eight years under the Labor Government’s school building program.

The Labor Government has already invested more than $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,300 school across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.

The Labor Government is ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“We’ve delivered this school so that students have the play spaces they need for a bright future. This additional funding will ensure that kids can stay sun smart while playing outdoors.”