Strathaird Primary School

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (Question 174) My constituency question is to the Minister for Health and concerns shade protection at Strathaird Primary School.

This outstanding local school has 850 students yet lacks adequate sheltered areas for students to play under during summer or in poor weather. It is of particular concern during summer as students are exposed to harmful ultraviolet radiation.

The provision of shelter over the basketball courts would not only provide students with a large area to play and exercise under but would be an outdoor meeting and assembly place — it would be an excellent multipurpose place. The school has costed the project at $201 000; however, it would make a significant financial contribution to this much-needed project.

Strathaird Primary School is also a SunSmart member, and it does an outstanding job educating our young people about the dangers of ultraviolet radiation. This is a fantastic opportunity to provide much-needed shade protection at a wonderful and growing local school.

I ask the minister to outline how schools like Strathaird Primary School can apply for a grant through this fantastic SunSmart program, because I know the Andrews Labor government is committed to such projects.