New shade shelters at Avalon Beach


Sun smart... Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone and Melanoma WA chief executive Clinton Heal checking out the new shelters.
Sun smart... Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone and Melanoma WA chief executive Clinton Heal checking out the new shelters.

BEACHGOERS can now stay sun smart with the installation of two new shade shelters at Avalon Beach.

The wood and aluminium structures have been installed near Westview Parade and Burna Street, providing much-needed protection from the sun all year round.

For many years, Avalon Beach has been popular with locals, families and visitors.

During the City of Mandurah’s public consultation process, it was found residents felt it was important the shelters tie in with the history of the area and Falcon’s early holiday homes.

The community provided input into the design and location of the new shelters, resulting in them relating more to the site, providing a larger shade footprint and additional detailing including timber slat panels.

The shelters are a result of the City’s Health and Wellbeing Plan, in which creating shade and preventing skin cancer is a priority.

Mandurah resident Clinton Heal has fond memories of Avalon Beach, spending much of his childhood swimming and surfing there.

Mr Heal also knows the risks of an outdoor lifestyle all too well after being diagnosed with melanoma 11 years ago at the age of just 22.

He is now using his experience to educate and inform people about sun safety as the chief executive of Melanoma WA.

“Over the past few decades, we have come to understand that there are tangible risks associated with our outdoor lifestyles, and arguably none more life-threatening than potential skin cancer and particularly melanoma,” Mr Heal said.

“Mandurah boasts an enviable lifestyle of sun and surf, but it’s important for people to make educated decisions when it comes to sun safety.

“I see the new shade structures at Avalon Beach as a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy some of the best beaches on earth while making an educated choice that they won’t leave the beach with skin damage.”