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Sharyn's favourite spot in Bundaberg is the boolboonda tunnel, and the section of National Trail south from there. Picture: SHARYN BANKS

Three… of the best ways to stay sunsmart at the beach

As we enter the warmer months of the year, it’s always a safe bet to make sure you’re ready to be sunsmart at the wonderful beaches in our region. Here is a list of three things you can do to make sure you’re sunsmart.

1. Slop on SPF 30 or 50+ over all exposed skin. Sunscreen should not be relied on as the only form of sun protection. No sunscreen provides 100 per cent UV protection – remember to use in combination with protective clothing, hats and sunglasses.

2.The best way to know when you need to use sun protection is to use the UV Index. The UV Index is a simple measure of the UV radiation level at the Earth’s surface. It has been designed to help people to avoid overexposure to high levels of UV radiation. The values of the Index range from 0 upward and the higher the Index value, the greater the potential for damage to the skin and eye, and the less time it takes for harm to occur. You need to use sun protection when the UV Index is 3 or above, and when the UV Index reaches 8 or above you should take extra care and stay out of the sun if this is possible.

3. Staying in the shade is one of the most effective ways to reduce sun exposure, but remember that other sun protection measures (clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen) should also be used to avoid reflected UV radiation.YWhatever you use for shade, be it trees, built shade structures or some form of portable shade, make sure it casts a dark shadow.

What’s your History in Bundaberg and the region?

We moved to the Bundaberg region in 2006 from Brisbane looking for a simpler life. We’d spent some time looking around se qld and couldn’t find a place that had as much to offer. It’s absolutely paradise here.

What motivates you to be a part of the community?

My passion is the displaced animals who have been let down through no fault of their own. It breaks my heart to think that there are dogs out in the community that aren’t being valued and being given the love they deserve

What are your Hobbies, likes, interests and why?

My hobbies are Red Collar, (which is basically an unpaid full time job), my other pets, which are chickens,cats, cows, and horses, and my vege garden. I’m also interested in local/ family history and lapidary but don’t have time to pursue those.

What is something people might not know about you?

That I’m a longtime vegetarian.

What is your favourite spot in Bundaberg and why?

The boolboonda tunnel, and the section of National Trail south from there.

What are your hopes for the future of Bundaberg?

I dream of a day when there are no abandoned animals. When people vaccinate to eradicate parvo, and desex to avoid unwanted litters.

Why did you start Red Collar Rescue?

I found out that the pounds were euthanizing all of the unclaimed strays. I don’t believe that you can stand by and do nothing when you have the ability to save a life. Like all things that are worthwhile, it has grown beyond all belief, but sadly in line with the need in our community.

What’s the most rewarding and challenging part of your job?

The most rewarding part is when I talk to a person who adopted a dog in the past, and they relate stories of how happy they all are. When I know that, because of Red Collar Rescue, that dog has gone on to have a life of love, and happiness. The most challenging is having to live with the memories of some of the things I have seen. And the faces of some of the animals we were too late to save, those things can give you nightmares.