Member for Manly, James Griffin is encouraging parents to take advantage of the NSW Government’s hugely popular Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers before it is too late.

Mr Griffin said the Active Kids and Creative Kids Vouchers are a great opportunity for parents to introduce their children to new activities without having to outlay a significant amount of money at a time when the cost of living remains so high.

“The Active Kids program provides a $100 voucher for parents, guardians, and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year.

“The Creative Kids program provides a similar $100 voucher to be used towards the cost of lessons and fees with registered Creative Kids providers.

“Parents and guardians have until 30 June to claim and use the vouchers with accredited providers, which are listed on the Service NSW website,” Mr Griffin said.

“I am calling on the NSW Labor Government to ensure the programs continue.

“Walking away from the Active Kids program would affect the most disadvantaged families the most, at a time when the cost-of-living crisis further tightens its grip on the family purse strings.

“We know that children are much better off when they get active and play sport. Now is not the time to rip that opportunity away from them,” Mr Griffin said.

“The Labor Government committed to extending the voucher program during the election campaign and already they are looking to backflip on one of the issues most concerning to local families – the cost of living.

“When families are telling me they’re struggling to keep up with the cost of mortgage repayments, groceries, energy and fuel, I can’t believe the Labor Government thinks now is a good time to burden them with another $100 per child, per year.

“I am calling on the Labor Government to immediately provide certainty to local families by committing to the program, just as they promised they would prior to the March general election,” Mr Griffin said.