Funds to keep kids ac­tive

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Two of the State Govern­ment’s pop­u­lar sport­ing and re­cre­ation pro­grams will con­tinue to be funded af­ter $5 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to them in the State Bud­get.

Na­tion­als Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Jac­qui Boy­dell said the KidS­port pro­gram and Na­ture Play WA helped thou­sands of chil­dren keep ac­tive.

“Na­ture Play WA cel­e­brates chil­dren play­ing out­side in na­ture and re­mind­ing us how good it feels to do some­thing as sim­ple as climb a tree,” she said.

To date, Na­ture Play WA has dis­trib­uted more than 201,211 of its ac­tiv­ity pass­ports, which are filled with na­ture-based mis­sions for chil­dren to com­plete.

The award-win­ning KidS­port pro­gram helps el­i­gi­ble chil­dren aged five to 18 join a lo­cal sport and re­cre­ation club by of­fer­ing a voucher of up to $200 a year for fees.

About 286 chil­dren in the Pil­bara have be­come KidS­port mem­bers since the in­cep­tion of the pro­gram in Septem­ber 2011.

Pic­ture: Ger­ald Moscarda

Play­ing out­doors and en­joy­ing na­ture will be fur­ther en­cour­aged, thanks to State Bud­get fund­ing.

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