Charles Harper Park in Helensburgh has some tall trees that are now reaching the end of their lifespan – it is no secret that these are being removed for safety reasons, but in their absence comes the menace of sun damage.
“I have two young school age kids, one only just in kindy – their grandfather died of skin cancer, and their dad has already had surgery to remove squamous cell carcinoma.” said Helensburgh resident, Sonia Gregson.
- Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world
- Two in three Australians (2 in 3 men and 3 in 5 women) will develop some form of skin cancer before the age of 70
- Over 750,000 Australians are treated for skin cancer every year
- More than 2000 Australians die each from skin cancer every year
“We want Wollongong Council shade sails erected over all play grounds in Illawarra, to provide adequate protection for children, parents, carers, school groups and visitors to the play grounds.”
“I would like to draw particular attention to Helensburgh with the recent removal of trees surrounding the existing Helensburgh playground, there is now no shade. We have lots of young families living in area, and even in winter months, we’re still in the sun.”