Activate! Queensland gets the state moving
- 29 November 2019 10:27AM
The department’s Activate! Queensland 2019–2029 strategy is aimed at getting more Queenslanders moving, more often at every stage of their lives. It’s also a key contributor to the Queensland Government’s Advancing Queensland Priorities of Give all our children a great start, Keep Queenslanders healthy and Be a responsive government.
Over the next ten years, the strategy will assist individuals and communities to address the barriers that prevent or limit participation. In doing this, it will support improvements such as increasing the number of children who are active for one hour per day to 60%, increasing the number of adults who undertake sufficient physical activity to 75% and increasing the number of funded organisations that achieve gender equity to 100%.
An extensive state-wide consultation exercise ensured that the strategy, which launched in July 2019, was informed by the needs and experiences of Queenslanders.
Activate! Queensland aims to improve the physical literacy of young people and includes an initial three-year investment of $25.5 million to help cover the costs for children from low-income families to participate in physical activity, including $150 vouchers for more than 56,000 kids.
The Active Schools initiative will also boost physical activity for students by encouraging learning through movement, supported by a range of activities throughout the school day.
Activate! Queensland is also finding innovative ways to boost community participation by unlocking school sport facilities outside of school hours under the Community Use of Schools initiative. Four pilot projects are currently underway. These collaborations between schools and community sports organisations will, in turn, help drive investment in facilities.
Making places and spaces accessible for all Queenslanders to be active is another focus of the strategy, with a $40 million investment over three years directed towards 150 community infrastructure projects. This investment will support a culture of movement, inclusion and accessibility and deliver valuable upgrades to amenities and facilities.
The strategy also provides a boost for Queensland’s major stadiums and elite athletes. Continued investment in advanced sport science will help ensure our high-performance programs remain world-class and our Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre at Nathan will be developed into a collaboration space that will support innovation and success across the industry.