State Govt helps the disadvantaged

PEOPLE with a disability will benefit from $205,000 in Bligh government funding as part of the Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion Program.

Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the organisations to benefit included $49,606 to the Riding for the Disabled Association of Queensland to deliver an equine vaulting program for children with a disability including volunteer workshops and accreditation at the Gold and Sunshine coasts, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Brisbane.

He said there was also $50,000 for Deaf Sports and Recreation Queensland to deliver education and training, participation opportunities and develop DVD resources to support deaf and hearing impaired people in Queensland.

“The Bligh government, through the 2010-11 Budget, is providing funding to organisations so that all Queenslanders have an opportunity to get involved in sport and recreation activities,” Mr Reeves said.

“Active Inclusion was created to support projects that meet the needs of population groups with access issues.

“It's about making sure people that face physical, cultural or social barriers have the opportunity to be involved in sport and recreation on a regular basis.

“This program will focus the efforts of sport and recreation clubs, local community organisations, and councils to look for new ways to involve people from all walks of life.”

Mr Reeves, who announced the new suite of sport and recreation funding programs earlier this year, said the programs were designed to increase participation, recruit volunteers, and encourage disadvantaged communities to participate in sport and recreation.

“One of the targets in the Bligh government's blueprint for the next decade, Toward Q2: Tomorrow's Queensland, is to help Queenslanders become Australia's healthiest people by 2020,” Mr Reeves said.

“Our aim is to reduce obesity levels by one-third by 2020.”

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