16.1 C
Byron Shire
May 12, 2021

Government committed to keeping kids active

Latest News

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Other News

Water strategy

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The people of Mullumbimby would be aware that Byron Shire Council (BSC) intends to hand over...

Respect for Country

Léandra Martiniello, Whian Whian It is the night of the full moon, I have just watched it rise. On the...

Interview with Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival

Nick Sergi, producer of the Byron Music Festival talks to The Echo.

OCA a ‘diamond in the rough’

Around four years ago a group of like-minded friends started a Syntropic Farm project. Since that time, they have...

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Elvis has Left the Building

My dog died. I haven’t been able to write about it until now. It was a month ago, and he was old, but it was still unexpected, and it leaves you feeling a bit raw.

The Australian government’s commitment to keeping primary school children physically active was highlighted last week during a visit by the prime minister Kevin Rudd and sports minister Don Farrell to Flagstaff Hill Primary School in Adelaide.

Mr Rudd and Senator Farrell visited the federal government’s Active After-school Communities program, which has run at Flagstaff Hill Primary since 2008.

‘At the last federal budget, the government confirmed funding of 39.4 million dollars to continue the Active After-school Communities program until the end of the 2014,’ said Senator Farrell. ‘This is a clear indication of the Australian government’s support for the AASC and testament to the commitment we have to building an active Australia.

‘I’m very proud of the contribution of the AASC program in continuing to support and strengthen community cohesion and development, particularly in communities where there would otherwise be very little opportunity to engage in sport.

‘This is an important program in terms of offering opportunities across a broad range of geographical locations to engage a diverse group of children.

‘It is a great privilege for me to visit to places like Flagstaff Hill Primary to see this important program in action.

‘It is extremely rewarding to see so many children participating in healthy activities but most importantly it is great to see children having so much fun participating in sport and physical activity.’

The AASC program is currently being delivered at more than 3,250 sites across Australia with more than 190,000 children participating in the program each semester.

A total of 52 per cent of all sites operating the program are in regional or remote areas, providing important access to opportunities throughout the nation.

Additionally, 13 per cent of the sites delivering the program involved Indigenous children, with seven per cent of all sites located in Indigenous communities.


For more information visit ausport.gov.au/participating/aasc.





Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Re Netflix

David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers, however, most of our local...

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of...