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Keeping Gosnells in the shade
The alarming increase in the number of Australians suffering melanomas and other forms of skin cancer has particular meaning in Western Australia which enjoys a good share of this country's sunshine. This has prompted Gosnells, in conjunction with the Western Australian Cancer Foundation, to be the first Council in this state to introduce an official shade policy.
"We were developing our own policy, and having referred it to the Cancer Foundation, they requested we embark on it as a joint effort," said Environmental Health Officer, Harvy Walkerden.
Under the policy, launched in September last year, the City will endeavour to ensure that all new developments and renovations include provision for shade. This includes the retention of existing shade.
Developers have been issued with notification of the policy. They can negotiate with Council to find the best way of doing this, though many already see the value in planning for shade.
Gosnells will also conduct an audit of shade provision at its own facilities and premises in accordance with its Safety Audit Plan.
A prioritised program of shade provision will be introduced on a needs basis, including the development of portable shade structures for special events.
Council's outdoor staff have been issued with protective clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses to prevent risks to their health. Harvy Walkerden said that there is no opposition to this.
"Many of the macho attitudes of the past have gone," he said. "People value their health."
In addition, the City plans to partner other campaigns and strategies to promote awareness in the community of the need for shade protection and UVR risks.
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