How families can score vouchers for kids sport
MACKAY and Whitsunday children will be among the 50,000 kids handed a $150 head start as Labor promises another rollout of FairPlay vouchers if re-elected.
The vouchers help struggling parents and carers pay for children’s sport and recreation fees. They also support clubs to stay open for training.
Mackay incumbent Julieanne Gilbert said FairPlay vouchers were a boost for Mackay region families who needed them.
“Economies around the world have been hit hard by the pandemic,” Mrs Gilbert said.
“We know that this has had some impact on household budgets, so we’re doing what we can to give local families the support that they need.”
Labor candidate for Burdekin Mike Brunker said: “These $150 FairPlay vouchers will break down the financial barriers for kids from families doing it tough, making sure that all Queenslanders get the opportunity to get active with their mates.”
While Labor’s Whitsunday candidate Angie Kelly said it was “great for their physical and mental health after what has been a tough year”.
The new funding is part of the State Government’s $51.3 million COVID Safe Restate Plan.
Sport Minister Mick de Brenni said FairPlay vouchers were an immediate response measure to help keep community clubs alive.
“As we head into the summer sporting season, we know that some households are feeling the pinch a bit more this year,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Families on JobSeeker, or those significantly financially impacted, can still get out and play sport.
“Getting active teaches our kids important life skills, helps them build friendships and is good for their mental health, no one should have to miss out on this.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the vouchers to cover sign-on costs would be another helping hand for families.
“The $150 FairPlay Vouchers will help pressured families cover the cost of kids’ sport.
“Many families rely on FairPlay vouchers, and it’s important that everyone has a chance to play.
“The vouchers also support clubs to stay open for training to put teams on the field, which means employing locals to help manage club operations.”