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Pledges worth their weight in gold: Crakanthorp

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Two Newcastle-based organisations could share in more than $100,000 to support their respective surf and sun safety initiatives.

Labor will commit $60,000 to Hunter Surf Life Saving and a further $43,000 to the Hunter Melanoma Foundation if it wins the upcoming NSW Election on 25 March.

The former windfall – to be distributed among the Stockton, Nobbys, Newcastle, Cooks Hill, Dixon Park and Merewether surf clubs – would allow for the purchase of a variety of equipment, including rescue boards, all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and inflatable rescue boat components.

The announcement coincides with a previous pledge to increase the funding to Surf Life Saving NSW by $23 million over four years.

It’s understood the Hunter Melanoma Foundation will use its monetary handout to coordinate its Spot Check program.

The initiative provides free community skin checks during the summer months.

And, in its three years of operation, it has identified 239 spots, which have required further investigation from more than 1,200 skin checks, including 58 suspected melanomas.

“In Newcastle, we love spending time outdoors but whether that’s in the water or out in the sun, it can pose dangers,” Newcastle state MP Tim Crakanthorp said.

“Surf life savers do an absolutely phenomenal job keeping us safe and having the equipment they need helps them help us.

“When it comes to skin cancer early detection is vital.

“So, having a free and accessible program like Spot Check is saving lives and worth its weight in gold.”

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