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Member for Barker, Tony Pasin has welcomed the commitment from a re-elected Turnbull Government to boost the Riverland’s Sporting Schools Programme. 

We introduced this programme for local primary schools in 2014 and the take-up has been fantastic, but there is plenty more we can do to tackle an increase in childhood obesity, Mr Pasin said.

“The most up to date research tells us three-quarters of our local children can be spending their spare time watching television, with just a third managing the recommended one hour of physical activity a day.”

This week’s $60 million dollar commitment means we can continue the  programme past 2017, as well as expand into years 7 & 8 which will combat a significant ‘drop out’ in physical activity at this age.”

“This programme really does assist schools across Barker deliver sporting activities before, during or after school, increases participation and connects them to other sporting activities and teams across the Riverland” Mr Pasin said.

‘Sporting Schools’ is geared to help our children be active, engaged and having fun, while teaching positive leadership skills, physical skills and greater community engagement.

The Coalition Government is committed to helping address childhood obesity, encouraging the prevention of avoidable health problems right through to adulthood, and promoting more active lifestyles for Australians.

Tony Pasin