Kids in the Dubbo electorate are keeping active while their parents are keeping the cash, with each school-enrolled child now able to access two $100 Active Kids vouchers from July 1.
One of the most popular programs for kids and parents has just been doubled to help kids stay active all year long.
We all know kids across our region want to play sport and keep active with their friends and now parents can encourage them even more with another voucher to help spread the costs associated with participation.
Whether it is soccer, scouts, AFL, rugby, netball, golf or volleyball, you're sure to find an activity kids will love. Active Kids really is making a difference to children's participation in sport and active recreation in NSW.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said since the Active Kids program was launched in 2018, more than $100 million has been saved by NSW families.
"Families across NSW keep telling me how much the Active Kids Vouchers help them manage the cost of living.
Now with two per school enrolled child, parents keep even more money in their back pocket while their kids stay happy and healthy," Mr Perrottet said.
From January - June there was an overall increase of 13 per cent in the number of Active Kids' vouchers created, including a 17 per cent rise in vouchers created for girls following an influx of registrations for dance, gymnastics, tennis and swimming Active Kids providers.
"These are incredible results and demonstrate why the NSW Government is investing an additional $40 million this year to expand the Active Kids program," Minister for Sport John Sidoti said.
For further information visit sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids or call 13 13 02.
Advocate for disability
Adults with disability and older people in the Dubbo Electorate now have a powerful advocate in their corner with the appointment of Robert Fitzgerald AM as NSW's first Ageing and Disability Commissioner.
The Commissioner began work this week tasked with protecting adults with disability and older people from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The strong, independent body will provide support and referral services for the region's families as well as raise awareness through education programs.
The Commissioner will be given the power to initiate investigations, compel information from individuals or organisations, as well as apply for an execute search warrants with the assistance of police.
The Commissioner will also have the capacity to help communities across the Dubbo electorate detect cases of abuse, neglect and exploitation through education and awareness programs.
Multiple public inquiries have highlighted opportunities for Government to strengthen safeguards for adults with disability and older people.
Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said it marks an important milestone in the state's history.
"Never before has our state had a body specifically tasked with investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with disability and older people," Mr Ward said.
"The NSW Government is committed to protecting the vulnerable. We won't just talk about what can be done - we are delivering real reform that will change lives for the better."
To get in touch with the Commissioner's Helpline, call 1800 628 221 (business hours Monday to Friday) or visit www.ageingdisabilitycommission.nsw.gov.au for more information.
Primary schools by 2021
Have your say on before and after school care, visit www.service.nsw.gov.au/basc.
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