Tweed Shire Council has forged a new partnership with Cancer Council NSW.

The Mayor of Tweed Shire, Cr Joan van Lieshout, received a new partnership certificate from a Cancer Council NSW representative at last week’s council meeting.

The Cancer Council Community Partnerships program utilises council outlets, networks and venues to offer cancer prevention and support programs to people and organisations in the local community.

“Through the partnership council can assist with delivering better health outcomes for their community,” said Corinne Martin, Regional Programs Co-ordinator of Cancer Council – Far North Coast.

Councillor van Lieshout said the council welcomed the partnership and its potential to improve the health and well-being of Tweed Shire Council residents.

The Community Partnerships program will include sun safety in childcare centres, primary schools and workplaces, skin cancer awareness programs for older citizens and provide new resources in council libraries.

“Around 600 residents in the Tweed Shire are diagnosed with cancer each year, Cr van Lieshout said.

“I’d like to see the greatest number of people in our community benefit from this partnership with Cancer Council NSW.”