Queensland government calls for feedback on Sport and Active Recreation Strategy

FEEDBACK SOUGHT: Redlands MP Kim Richards with Victoria Point Sharks Junior Football Club member Corey Sells and club president Justin Stone.

FEEDBACK SOUGHT: Redlands MP Kim Richards with Victoria Point Sharks Junior Football Club member Corey Sells and club president Justin Stone.

THE Queensland government wants feedback on how it can invest in sport and active recreation.

The government has developed a discussion paper as part of the process to put together a Sport and Active Recreation Strategy.

Redlands MP Kim Richards said the strategy would be a first for Queensland.

“​...(It) will cover everything from grassroots sport right through to our elite training pathways and Stadiums Queensland venues,” Ms Richards said.

“Sport is a huge part of the Queensland lifestyle, but it’s much more than that.

“It’s about building supportive, connected communities. It’s about reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, and it’s also about mental health.”

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Ms Richards said it was important that more Queenslanders had more opportunities to get involved and have a go in sport and active recreation.

She said the sports and recreation industry helped boost the state economy and provided opportunities for thousands of volunteers to donate their time and expertise to local clubs.

“The Queensland government is creating jobs by investing in facilities and spaces to enhance our infrastructure.”

Sports Minister Mick de Brenni said the strategy would take aim at inequality in sport that prevented Queenslanders from getting involved.

“Elite athletes all had their beginning in grassroots sport or active recreation, surrounded by passionate people and volunteers,” Mr de Brennie said.

“It’s that passion that drives people in sport and active recreation, and I want Queenslanders passion to help form our Sport and Active Recreation Strategy.”

The discussion paper and information about the consultation process is at qld.gov.au/sportrecstrategy.