The local government sector is well placed to support efforts to reduce exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the community. For example, it has an integral role in the town planning process, is responsible for planning and development approvals, and also controls and operates a range of recreational and community facilities.
Cancer Council WA with the support of the Department of Health WA work closely with local governments throughout Western Australia to support the development and implementation of effective sun protection policies and practices including shade design.
Shade provides good protection from the sun and it can be easy for people to use. When used in conjunction with other protective measures, such as sun-protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, shade can be a particularly effective method to protect against UV radiation. The provision of shade has also been identified as an important component in the design and creation of safe and healthy communities.
Cancer Council WA, with assistance from the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), Planning Institute Australia (WA Division), the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and Greening WA, has developed 'The Shade Handbook: a practical guide for shade development in Western Australia'.
The Shade Handbook outlines points to consider when planning shade for new facilities or outdoor areas and includes practical information and guidelines on developing shade for a range of environments. This resource is available on our publications page.
Many Local Government employees work outdoors maintaining parks, reserves, schools, street scapes and recreational facilities. Cancer Council WA produces a range of resources specifically developed for outdoor workers and provides education sessions for employees. For more information visit working safely in the sun. An excellent online training course on UV and heat awareness for outdoor workers is also available from Aveling (developed in partnership with Cancer Council WA).