A shade for sun safety at Carmichael Park

Cessnock City Council has constructed a shade structure covering the play equipment at Carmichael Park, Bellbird after receiving $23,000 in funding from the NSW Cancer Institute.

Cessnock City Council has constructed a shade structure covering the play equipment at Carmichael Park, Bellbird after receiving $23,000 in funding from the NSW Cancer Institute.

Measuring 15 by 12 metres, the shade sail covers the swing set, maypole, spring animals and provides partial shading to the rope climb and slide.  

The project will provide visitors much needed protection from ultra violet rays while at the popular sports hub.  

Council staff identified Carmichael Park, a regional sporting facility catering for more than 15,000 people, was lacking in shade.  

“Many families frequent Carmichael Park and now they have a playground safe from the harmful effects of the sun,” Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said.  

“I urge all residents to be mindful of the effects of the sun and remember the Cancer Council’s message to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide when heading out into the sun.”                      

Cancer Council research suggests that childhood sun exposure contributes significantly to the lifetime risk of skin cancer.  

Melanoma was the second most common cancer diagnosed in the Hunter between 2004 and 2008, according to the NSW Cancer Registry.  

Funding for the shade structure was provided by the NSW Cancer Institute’s Evidence to Practice Program.  

These grants give communities the resources to implement vital initiatives to focus on groups at high risk of cancer.  

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6 April 2016