Money for ac­tive chil­dren

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

PAR­ENTS who have kids play­ing sport have been sin­gled out in the State Bud­get to re­ceive a $100 re­bate to help cover par­tic­i­pa­tion costs.

Tweed MP Ge­off Provest said the money would en­cour­age kids to re­main ac­tive and ease the pres­sure on lo­cal par­ents.

“I would es­ti­mate we have about 14,000 kids in the town that ac­tu­ally play sport, so that’s $1.4 mil­lion,” he said.

“So it’s a re­ally great thing to keep kids ac­tive and also help par­ents.

“I had kids too and it’s a costly ex­er­cise. And it also ap­plies to things like girl guides and scouts.”

State Trea­surer Do­minic Per­rot­tet said the Ac­tive Kids Re­bate will be avail­able for ev­ery fam­ily with chil­dren in school from early next year. He said fam­i­lies would be able to claim the re­bate on items such as sports reg­is­tra­tion and mem­ber­ship costs, as well as swim­ming les­son fees.

“Tear­ing around the sports ground is the best thing about be­ing a kid, but sports reg­is­tra­tion and les­son fees can re­ally add up for fam­i­lies,” Mr Per­rot­tet said. “Our bud­get will lower that cost for ev­ery school­child in NSW.”

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