More Gold Coast kids heading outside and getting active

MORE children than ever before are heading outside and getting active, with the latest round of the Newman Government’s Get Started program the most successful to date.

Member for Coomera, Michael Crandon said Get Started was a wonderful initiative with 812 vouchers issued in the Coomera electorate this round. That’s more than $120,000 that has helped kids and our local clubs.

Get Started is a key election promise that provides kids who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport or recreation club with vouchers of up to $150 to help with club membership and/or participation fees.


“Sporting and recreation clubs are the backbone of Coomera local communities and help provide an active healthy sporting activity for all to enjoy”, Mr Crandon said.

“I work closely with the local community to help establish and build strong sporting and recreational clubs and organisations and am committed to assisting our local clubs and organisations in improving their memberships, services and facilities”, he said.

Recreation and Sport Minister Steve Dickson said that this round of the Get Started program has seen more than 28 per cent of applicants who received a voucher providing feedback that they have not previously played club sport.

“It’s been an overwhelming success, expected to help more than 20,000 children and young people join a sport or recreation club, and continuing the trend of our other Get in the Game programs, which have become more popular with each round,” Mr Dickson said.

“That’s exactly what the Newman Government was striving to deliver through this election commitment—to get more children and young people active.

“There was not enough focus on this by former governments, but the overwhelming popularity shows it was needed.

“Even more significant, around 80 per cent of vouchers issued have gone to Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card holders, the people that need our help the most.

“We have also received a huge response from clubs this round, with more than 3,300 clubs now registered for the program, including at least 70 registrations in the last month.”

Mr Dickson reminded successful applicants to ensure their vouchers are redeemed at a Get Started registered club by 15 May 2014. For more information on Get Started, visit: