Heartland Magazine Issue 27, News and Events NSW Northern Rivers, Advertising NSW

Austin Curtin – ACTIVE KIDS PROGRAM EXPANDED TO TWO $100 VOUCHERS PER YEAR

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Austin Curtin – ACTIVE KIDS PROGRAM EXPANDED TO TWO $100 VOUCHERS PER YEAR

The hugely popular Active Kids program will be doubled this year with two $100 vouchers available in one calendar year to help families with the cost of living and encourage children to play more sport all year round.

Nationals Candidate for Lismore Austin Curtin said the expansion of the Active Kids program would mean each child was eligible for a $100 voucher twice a year, with the key aim of helping them participate in sport in summer and winter.

“Families have embraced Active Kids since it was launched in January 2018, with thousands of kids using the vouchers to cover the cost of sport,” Mr Curtin said.

In 2018 over 5,900 vouchers were issued across the Lismore electorate.

In 2019 a second $100 Active Kids voucher will be available for the six month period from 1 July to 31 December. From 2020 two $100 Active Kids vouchers will be available from Service NSW for the entire calendar year.

“This is all about making sports more accessible for more children across the State and by making it affordable for parents, we are doing our part to help make kids active and healthy,” Mr Curtin said.

The aim of the expanded program is to pay for two separate sports such as netball in winter and swimming in summer, or two separate seasons or terms of the one sport such as winter soccer and summer soccer.

The expanded program would benefit sports which traditionally seek registrations in the second half of the year as families would now have access to two vouchers per year.

“If your child plays cricket in the summer and soccer in winter, you can choose to use a $100 voucher to pay for cricket registration fees and then use the second $100 voucher to help offset the costs for the soccer season,” Mr Curtin said.

The two vouchers cannot be combined to pay for one single program costing more than $100. They can be used with the one provider to help pay the cost of two separate terms of sport such as the summer and winter season of netball.

To apply for the Active Kids voucher, parents can register online with Service NSW and find a registered sport, club or organisation to use their voucher with.

The increase to the voucher builds on additional cost of living measures the NSW Government has rolled out such as the Creative Kids voucher and our Toll Relief program which can help drivers access free or half-price vehicle registration.