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Reclink Australia welcomes funding pledge in Tasmania

Community Sport

A re-elected Liberal State Government will guarantee Reclink Australia funding in the state budget over three years to help more Tasmanians get active, no matter where they live, and regardless of their age or circumstances.

The commitment is for over $500,000 over three years for Reclink Australia to support disadvantaged members of the community to enjoy sport and recreation, and create and maintain healthy life habits.

“We welcome this announcement and look forward to expanding our programs to provide greater opportunities for Tasmanians,” said Dave Wells, Reclink Australia CEO.

“We have enjoyed constructive discussions with Mr Gutwein’s office and the Department of Treasury and Finance, and are currently seeking to secure a similar commitment from Mr O’Byrne and Tasmanian Labor. We believe this funding deserves bipartisan support for the benefit of Tasmanians experiencing serious forms of disadvantage that act as barriers to their healthy engagement in sport and recreation.”

Reclink’s structured sport and recreation programs have been independently evaluated by La Trobe University, with positive results and improved life outcomes reported by participants experiencing serious forms of disadvantage including mental illness, family violence, homelessness, social isolation, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling harm, and unemployment.

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