Monday, 26 June 2017
THOUSANDS of school children across the region will benefit from a new $100 rebate for sporting and fitness related costs announced as part of last week’s 2017-18 NSW Budget, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said today.
“The new ‘Active Kids Rebate’ will put $100 per school-aged child back in the pocket of every parent to help cover the cost of getting and keeping their kids into sport or sports lessons,” Mr Marshall said
“Thanks to the government’s strong economic and financial management, we’re now able to make sport more accessible and allocate $207 million across four years for this rebate to help make sport more accessible and reduce barriers to healthy activity.”
Mr Marshall said families would be able to claim up to $100 per school child, per calendar year from 1 January 2018 for after-school, weekend and school holiday sport and active recreation activities.
“This is a fantastic initiative which aims to reduce cost of living pressures for families and supports the Premier’s priority to reduce overweight and obesity rates of children by five per cent over 10 years,” Mr Marshall said.
“Whether your active child plays sport such as netball, football or basketball; swimming classes or lessons or gymnastics or athletics, this is a huge boost to families and an initiative we’re extremely proud of.
“I know this will be welcomed by many parents in our region who work very hard to have their children involved in local sports activities.”
A comprehensive list of eligible sports and activities will be finalised following community consultation ahead of the start date, to allow providers to register with the NSW Office of Sport.
Parents will be able to register online and can take a sports voucher to a registered sports club or provider to receive their rebate.
More details about the Active Kids Rebate can be found on the NSW Office of Sport’s website www.sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids