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Whether it’s brushing up on rugby skills, taking a break at Lake Keepit, having a go at paintball, or trying your hand at dance, there’s plenty for students to do over the summer break in communities right across the Tamworth electorate.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the NSW Government’s $10 million Holiday Break initiative was cutting the cost of summer break activities for local families feeling the pinch.

“It’s so important that our kids continue to stay active and engaged through the summer break, ensuring that they’re ready to go once school starts again next year,” Mr Anderson said.

“We need to provide our kids with opportunities to stay busy while learning a new skill, brushing up on an old one or just having fun with mates.

“That’s why the NSW Government is subsidising the cost of a range of activities designed to keep our kids fit, healthy and mentally active.

Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said young people can expand their horizons over the break with more than 60 programs covering everything from science and art to sport and cultural connections.

“The NSW Government invests in this program because we know it is important to provide opportunities for young people to connect, socialise and have fun during the school holidays,” Mr Franklin said.

“We also know that keeping the kids entertained over the holidays can be costly for families, so these free activities will help to relieve the financial pressure on family budgets these Summer holidays.

“The programs on offer will provide social and recreational outlets to help regional youth become more involved in their local communities, and to show that living in a regional location is not a barrier for young people to try new things.

“Our continued program partnerships mean we’re able to deliver an assortment of activities that allow youth to hone their artistic skills, explore a completely new area of interest or get moving with a fun physical activity over the school holidays.”

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