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Bishop and Perkins Support Students to Get Healthy and Active

25 September 2006

Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Olympic champion, Kieren Perkins, have joined forces to encourage Australian children to get active.

Visiting Mosman Park students in Perth today, the Minister and Mr Perkins commended the school’s enthusiastic participation in the Australian Sports Commission’s Active After-school Communities programme.

“This innovative, free programme provides primary school aged children with fun, structured physical activities and sport. It forms part of the Australian Government’s Building a Healthy Active

Australia package - a nationally coordinated response to the challenge posed by increasing levels of inactivity amongst our children,” Minister Bishop said.

“I support the push to get more young Australians healthy and active through this cross-government initiative, which aims to make a real difference to the lives of children by encouraging them

to become physically active, learn new skills and have fun.

“The support and demand for the programme has been overwhelming with 2,182 schools and Out of School Hours Care Services participating in third term 2006, and a further 340 to commence in Term 4. The Government aims to involve 3,250 primary schools and OSHCS, and 150,000 primary school children within the programme by Term 3, next year.”

Double Olympic gold medallist Kieren Perkins said that the Australian Government programme is capturing the traditionally difficult target of inactive children.

“We are seeing children who normally would not be interested in being physically active or playing sport, starting to participate in the wide variety of activities on offer, having a great time and wanting to come back for more,” Mr Perkins said.


“The first year of the programme has seen a number of positive outcomes for children, their families and local communities. Overall the community support has been outstanding and has encouraged children to become involved and to be more healthy and active!”

More information about the AASC programme is at:

Media Contacts:

Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300

Australian Sports Commission: Jessica Barnes 0408 769 467

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