Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt has approved an additional $500,000 in funding for the popular Young Athletes Travel Subsidy to help local athletes compete in interstate and international events.

Mr Pitt said the extra funds would help more Far Northern families with children needing to travel to sporting competitions.

“I’m thrilled to be announcing this on the eve of Youth Week (April 8 to 17) and reaffirm the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to ensure every kid in every corner of our state receives the same opportunities to thrive,” Mr Pitt said.

“This $500,000 funding boost means there’s now a total of $1.5 million available to eligible applicants wanting to travel and participate in major competitions.

“We saw a strong intake of kids signing up to new sports at the start of the year around the Far North and it’s great to see parents encouraging more time outside away from the computer screen.

“I hope we see the popularity of local sports continue to rise as the excitement associated with this year’s Olympic Games in Rio builds ahead of Commonwealth Games in Queensland in 2018.

“I’m proud to be part of a government that doesn’t sit around talking about healthier lifestyles, we’re actively providing incentives and assistance to help families get their kids into competitive sport and encourage their development.”

Three levels of assistance are available to applicants under 18-years-old who met the scheme’s criteria:
• State or state school event – $200
• National or national school event – $400
• International event – $600

“This subsidy and the extra funds available will go a long way to helping more young people in the Far North participate in regional, state and national events,” Mr Pitt said.