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Thursday, 30 September 2010
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To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

We the undersigned citizens agree that the Federal Government should continue funding the Active After School Communities Program.

The program was launched at the Health Lifestyles Forum in Launceston in June 2004 by former Prime Minister John Howard. The popular successful program has benefited 3,250 schools nationwide with over 150,000 children participating. In Tasmania alone, over 90 schools are involved, with 5,000 children participating. The program has been a feature of after school sport and team-playing activities providing funding for regional co-ordinators, grants to help delivery costs, teacher staff supervision, delivery fees, venue hire and equipment and transport costs giving children an opportunity to participate in a variety of healthy activities. The program also gives children a safe place to go after school if no-one is home. The Federal Government has committed funding for the program only until December 2010, pending a review. The Rudd Government has refused to confirm its ongoing support and funding for the program despite the program’s sound health and social benefits and community support.

We the undersigned ask the Senate to do what it can to ensure that funding for this program continues.

by Senator Barnett (from 325 citizens)