Shade funding keeps Queensland kids safe from the sun
Shade is an essential part of sun protection - which is why Cancer Council Queensland has partnered with the Queensland Government to help keep children and young adults covered this year.
Not-for-profit organisations catering for children and young people aged 0 -18 are invited to apply for up to 80 per cent funding, with a maximum of $2000 for portable shade and up to $30,000 for permanent shade structures, through the 2020-21 SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative.
The North West, Central Queensland, Darling Downs, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, South West and Central West Hospital and Health Service (HHS) areas have reported higher sun burn rates in children than the Queensland average. For this reason, application from these areas will be prioritised in this funding round.
So, I urge local sporting organisations, youth community groups, schools, outside school hours care and early childhood centres to apply.
With Queensland having the highest rates of skin cancer in the world - and sun exposure during childhood influencing the risk of skin cancer later in life - this initiative funded by the Queensland Government is vital for our State.
Skin damage can occur in as little as 10 minutes if you're outdoors without protection.
Shade is a practical, user-friendly form of sun protection and research shows that if shade is available, people will use it.
Many Queensland organisations have benefitted from new shade structures through our previous SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative funding rounds - this year it could be you.
Help protect local children and young adults from UV damage by applying for the SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative.
To apply, complete the online application form at www.cancerqld.org.au/shade-initiative/ before 5pm on November 9, 2020.
CEO, Cancer Council Queensland
Dementia. A little support makes a lot of difference
The number of Australians living with dementia is close to half a million - a number that is set to double in the next 25 years - with an estimated 1.6 million involved in their care.
In the electorate of Kennedy there are an estimated 3,479 people living with Dementia, which is expected to increase to 6,179 by 2058.
For this year's Dementia Action Week the theme is Dementia.
A little support makes a lot of difference.
Findings from a survey conducted by Dementia Australia reveal just how big an issue discrimination is for people living with dementia, and is calling on our communities to make change.
A little bit of knowledge can make a lot of difference to understanding what people can do to support someone with dementia.
During the week, Dementia Australia will share one tip a day showing simple, yet effective, ways to support people living with dementia.
To find out how you can make a difference to the lives of all Australians impacted by dementia please visit dementia.org.au/dementia-action-week
CEO Dementia Australia
On the State government implementation agreement with CopperString
Robert Mitchell I am sorry premier. Here you have a commodity trading company that makes billions a year worldwide and you want to give them cheaper power. You do realise that the people of the state elected you and not the multinational companies.
Ben Ferguson Anything that benefits Isa and/or Townsville I'll support it
Tony Simpkins That is huge news