Inverell Shire Council’s Planning Manager Anthony Alliston and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall underneath the new shade structure at the Inverell Memorial Pool.
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands visited the Inverell Memorial Pool last Friday to inspect a new shade structure recently constructed by Inverell Shire Council with a $7,462 State Government grant.
Mr Marshall said the funding was provided to council as part of a program which has distributed $1 million for much-needed shade in community parks and recreation areas, sporting grounds, schools and clubs.
“Up to 99 per cent of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to the sun and providing sun protection helps protect our community from UV over exposure,” Mr Marshall said.
“Very wisely, Inverell Shire Council decided to build a roof over an area of the pool complex that local schools use to marshal their students during swimming carnivals.
“In the past, the schools have relied on temporary shade covering so this is a huge improvement and an excellent way to ensure students are kept out of the sun’s harmful rays while waiting for their events.
“Many skin cancers are preventable and this is another positive step toward protecting pool users.
“I’m pleased to see Inverell Shire Council being proactive in protecting pool users from UV exposure.”
Mr Marshall said the Inverell Memorial Pool was an important and well-used community facility and the new shade structure was a very welcome addition.