FOCUS: From left, Rhythm Anbeek, Eron Mitchell and Kyle Crofts power down the straight at Gayndah Little Athletics.
FOCUS: From left, Rhythm Anbeek, Eron Mitchell and Kyle Crofts power down the straight at Gayndah Little Athletics. Shirley Way

Breaking cost barriers for junior sport

THERE is one less barrier to kids across the Burnett being able to join a sporting or recreation club, with the release of a new round of the State Government's Get Started vouchers.

The vouchers, valued up to $150, are available for parents of children aged 5-17 to be spent on membership or participation fees for a registered club or provider.

Just some of the activities covered include campdraft, shooting, swimming, netball, lawn bowls, athletics, tennis, golf, equestrian, rugby league, scouts and girl guides, archery, football and cricket.

Paula Wilkinson, centre manager of Gayndah Little Athletics and Gayndah's reigning sports administrator of the year, says she doesn't believe people take advantage of the vouchers, which is a "big shame”.

"I think it's invaluable to keep kids busy, bored kids get into mischief,” she said.

"It's good for their health as well as you don't like them on their devices all the time.

"I'd like to see more kids in little athletics, or any sport really.

"It's a little bit of mucking about (registering online for the vouchers) but well worth it.”

Registration for Gayndah Little Athletics costs between $94 and $124 and can be paid for using a Get Started voucher.

For a full list of participating clubs in your area, head to recreation.npsr.qld.gov.au/club-locator/ and input your postcode.

Applicants must set up a QGrants account prior to applying for a Get Started voucher.

Either the parent or the child must hold a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

Vouchers must be used by May 15.

Another round will open in July, although each child can only receive one voucher per year.

The State Government said the budget for the program had increased to $7million annually, meaning more vouchers are available each year.


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