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Sport Budget 2017-18

Record $401 million Sport Budget

Sport and active recreation is a large part of the fabric of NSW – contributing to improved economic growth, health, education and social outcomes. 

The NSW Government’s 2017-18 Budget includes record funding for sport and recreation across the State. Funding of more than $400 million is allocated to provide sport and active recreation programs and sport infrastructure throughout regional and metropolitan communities.

This budget focuses on increased investment in three core areas:
•    Getting communities more active 
•    Developing our sport infrastructure and facilities
•    Reinvigorating regional sport and recreation.

This investment will allow us to fund effective programs which tackle childhood obesity, encourage healthier lifestyles, and ensure access to new and improved programs and facilities. It will also provide significant support to tourism-related major sport events and economic growth in NSW.

Budget highlights

Active Kids Rebate

Local Sport Defibrillator Program

Surf Club Facility Program

A total of $207 million over four years from 2017-18 to help reduce the cost for parents to enrol their children in sporting and fitness activities across NSW. 

Offering a $100 per child per annum rebate on eligible registration and participation costs, the program aims to encourage physical activity and fitness for school enrolled children and reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity.

Families can access the allowance to assist in the cost of children’s sporting and fitness activities. The allowance will be used for registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend and school holiday sport, fitness and active recreation activities delivered by recognised providers registered with a peak body. 

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A total of $4 million over four years from 2017–18 to help sport and recreation clubs across the State to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The Government is taking action to provide AEDs to reduce the incidence of deaths from cardiac arrest at local sporting facilities. 

The Government will roll-out more than 2,500 AEDs over the next four years, under the Local Sports Defibrillator Program, which will also see community members trained in how to use them.

With thousands of spectators and players attending sporting events around the state every week, having AEDs at those venues will save lives. 

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Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW will be open to bigger and better upgrades after the NSW Government announced funding for club grants would be doubled to $4 million.

From nippers to senior patrollers, members of Surf Life Saving Clubs provide an amazing service to the people of NSW.

With 129 surf clubs across NSW, this $4 million investment will bring significant upgrades to surf club facilities, improving access for the 76,000 volunteer surf life savers.

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Rebuilding the Stadia Network

Modernise and optimise regional sport

Partnerships with the sport sector

To continue planning redevelopment of the Sydney Stadia Network as part of the Government’s commitment to building world-class stadia.

Stadia events contribute significantly to the NSW economy and community. Our major venues require significant investment to bring them up to contemporary standards in order to attract quality events that deliver greater value to the NSW economy.

This funding includes: 
$160.5 million on the Western Sydney Stadium 
$9 million on stadia network planning.

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To reinvigorate regional sport as part of broader Government initiatives for local communities.

The Office of Sport will facilitate the creation of regional sport and active recreation plans for each of the 10 NSW Government regions.

These plans will provide the community engagement to inform investments in sport and active recreation facilities, enhance alignment of programs and provide greater participation opportunities reflecting local needs. 

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To continue participation programs in partnership with sport and active recreation organisations.

The NSW Government will work with other key sector partners to review current approaches to driving increased participation and to develop new ways of achieving greater participation.

Through partnerships with the sport and active recreation sector, to grants to sporting organisations, to operating our 11 Sport and Recreation Centres, the NSW Government provides communities and local sports groups with the support and facilities they need to drive active participation.

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