Govern­ment kicks off Get Started pro­gram

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE New­man Govern­ment’s Get Started ini­tia­tive will pro­vide up to $47 mil­lion to in­tro­duce more Queens­land chil­dren to sport and re­cre­ation.

Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan said the govern­ment’s flag­ship Get in the Game pro­gram was help­ing to lower the cost of liv­ing for Queens­lan­ders by re­duc­ing the costs of club reg­is­tra­tions and fund­ing bet­ter sports equip­ment and in­fra­struc­ture, with Get Started one of its three com­po­nents.

“The lat­est fund­ing round for Get Started opened this week and pro­vides vouch­ers val­ued up to $150 to help chil­dren whose fam­i­lies can least af­ford for them to join a sport or re­cre­ation club,” Mr Costi­gan said.

“Get Started was de­signed to en­cour­age more young peo­ple to get into sport or re­cre­ation, and to ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den on fami- lies. I en­cour­age those fam­i­lies in Mackay and the Whit­sun­days who think they may be el­i­gi­ble for a voucher to find out more about this pro­gram as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Mr Costi­gan, who pre­vi­ously ad­vised the for­mer Howard Govern­ment on sport pol­icy be­fore en­ter­ing par­lia­ment, said the New­man Govern­ment was com­mit­ted to help­ing young Queens­lan­ders be ac­tive.

“I’m a huge fan of our Get in the Game pro­gram which has been a big hit in its first cou­ple of years,” he said.

“It’s all about our com­mit­ment to get more young Queens­lan­ders in­volved in re­cre­ation and sport at the grass­roots and we are de­liv­er­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply for a Get Started voucher visit

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