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    Get in the Game in Broadwater

    Queenslanders love their sport, but cost of living pressures have often put playing sport or participating in recreational activities out of the reach of many. That’s why the Queensland Government promised at the election to get more kids outside and active through our flagship Get in the Game program.

     

    This initiative has several elements including providing vouchers to children who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Whether it be nippers at the beach, one of the football codes, netball, hockey, basketball after school or another sport, playing the game and covering the cost of registration fees and equipment is now a lot easier. These are real benefits that are helping Broadwater families ease their cost of living pressure.

     

    Of course we all know that obesity is at epidemic levels in Australia, and Queensland is unfortunately no exception. As the leading preventable cause of premature death in the state, obesity is Queensland’s biggest killer, leading to shorter life expectancy, diminished quality of life, and an ever-expanding cost to the health system and the economy.

     

    One of the quickest ways to slow then reverse this trend is through exercise. Through the Government’s Get in the Game program we are investing in healthy, active futures for kids on the Gold Coast Coast and giving Queensland children a path to better health and fitness. Sadly this focus was lacking in Queensland under previous governments, but we are setting things right.

     

    Queenslanders have embraced Get in the Game in unprecedented numbers, and in response the Government has tripled tripled funding over three years from $16 million to $47.8 million to support grassroots sport and recreation across Queensland.

     

    Under the program, almost 60,000 vouchers have been made available to help Queensland families with sport and recreation membership costs. On the Gold Coast alone we have issued more than 9817 vouchers to be used at more than 288 clubs in the area, which is a fantastic result.

     

    Better still, 33 per cent of these recipients have said they had never been a member of a sports club before. But the best bit is the feedback we’re getting from parents and clubs right across the coast. Parents can now let their son or daughter play the game they love despite hard financial times, and are no longer faced with the prospect of letting one child play while another misses out. Meanwhile coaches are finding themselves with fresh new faces in their teams as more families can now afford to participate. Of course, the real winners here are the kids who are out on the paddocks with their mates and developing healthy lifestyles to boot.

     

    The latest ABS figures show we are winning the fight to keep young people in sport – with Queensland ahead of the other states for boys in the traditional ‘drop-out’ ages of 15-17.

    The Get in the Game program also involves upgrading facilities. So far we’ve invested more than $24 million in developing better services and facilities for sport and recreation clubs right across the state.

     

    On the Gold Coast, we’ve put $1,844,917 into helping clubs grow their membership, and improve facilities. This has included $100,000 to Tweed Heads and Coolangatta SLSC Inc to construct a gymnasium and training room.  $87,602 to Merrimac Soccer Club Inc to upgrade lighting on junior fields.  $10,000 to Gold Coast Hockey Association Inc to conduct administration and governance training.   $9,990 to  Surfers Paradise Outrigger Canoe Club Incorporated to conduct a membership drive and purchase equipment to support outrigger canoeing at Southport.

     

    Like the rest of my LNP colleagues, I am committed to giving boys and girls living on the Gold Coast a path to better health and fitness through encouraging involvement in recreation and sport. It’s about giving our children a passport to better health and fitness and a future full of opportunities in this great section of our State.