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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 17 March 2005 2005) . . Page.. 1283 ..

State sporting organisations involved in the delivery of the GST program will be responsible for reviewing the success of their chosen strategies in promoting the values of the GST program and working towards the elimination of inappropriate behaviour. Summer sporting organisations will soon complete their first season under the GST banner and will undertake a range of evaluation methods including participant, coach and spectator surveys, review of officials reporting processes and the number of reported offences.

Sport and recreation—kids at play program(Question No 202)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Economic Development, upon notice, on 17 February 2005:

How many visits have the Kids at Play vans made to after-school providers and community organisations since the commencement of the program in October 2004;

How many children have participated in the Kids at Play program;

What has been the total operational expenditure since the beginning of the program and how much has been spent on (a) hire of the vans, (b) equipment, (c) staffing and (d) marketing over the same period of time;

What is the role of the Heart Foundation in the Kids at Play program;

Will the ACT Government provide funding to the program in future years; if so, how much funding and over how many years;

Will the ACT Government provide funding to the Heart Foundation in future years to maintain its role in the program; if so, how much funding and over how many years.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

A total of 160 sessions have been conducted across Canberra since the program commenced in October 2004, 120 being after-school situations and the remainder being various forms of community events.

About 8,800 participants in the after-school sessions, however it has not been possible to accurately estimate participants in the community sessions.

The total cost to date is $83,017, being: (a) 12,420, (b) $11,856, (c) $37,880 and (d) $20,861.

The Heart Foundation (ACT Branch) is a program partner. The Kids at Play program assists in the marketing and communication of the key Heart Foundation messages, and in return the Heart Foundation provides the program with resources.

The Kids at Play program is currently funded through operational funds and the Sport and Recreation ACT grant program. In order to secure a long-term future and successful outcomes for Kids at Play, Sport and Recreation ACT has prepared a budget bid for the 2004/05 financial year and forward years.

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