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likely to be achieved.

“We es­ti­mate a min­i­mum of $230 mil­lion is needed to start with for the first year but the re­turns be­gin to ac­crue al­most im­me­di­ately and we be­lieve that the ini­tia­tive will be com­pletely pay­ing for it­self within 10 years.”

Mr Bradley said re­cent Deakin Health Eco­nom­ics mod­el­ling showed that by in­creas­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity by 15 per cent, 3000 deaths and 10,000 cases of dis­ease could be avoided, as well as sav­ing Aus­tralians $434 mil­lion a year.

Cock­burn Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion op­er­a­tions man­ager Graeme Pratt said they saw first hand ev­ery day how much of an im­pact sport had on a child’s phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

“It is ex­tremely im­por­tant to get chil­dren into sport for phys­i­cal, men­tal and so­cial health,” he said.

Re­search has shown sport is im­por­tant for a child’s well­be­ing.

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