Young Tweed families will soon have yet another claimable $100 voucher with the Nationals in NSW Government sinking $54 million into a new swimming lesson incentive scheme, Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest says.
“The new First Lap vouchers give parents $100 per child from age 3 to kindergarten to spend on lessons with local businesses that have registered for the scheme,” Mr Provest said.
Mr Provest said Tweed swimming organisation will be able to sign up from 1 November for a 1 December 2021 start.
He said the scheme had initially been narrowly targeted at preschoolers but had been expanded to kindy-age kids, as many had missed out on lessons due to COVID restrictions.
“Safety on the Tweed River, in backyard pools and our beaches is the number one summer priority for many Tweed parents,” Mr Provest said.
Premier Dominic Perrottet, who has six young children of his own, agreed it was crucial for Aussie kids to develop the skills they need to stay safe in the water.
“It’s really important they don’t miss out, so we’re making sure they can access the First Lap voucher program now that our pools are back open for lessons,” Mr Perrottet said.
Parents will be able to claim one $100 coupon for each eligible child from 1 December via Service NSW, either online at service.nsw.gov.au (where more info is available) or by calling the organisation on 13 77 88.
Mr Provest said the procedure was similar to the one in use for the Nationals in Government’s Dine & Discover, Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers, all of which were set to be replenished.
“Adults will be offered an extra $25 Dine voucher and an extra $25 Discover voucher in time for Christmas, and a new round of $300 total-per-child Active and Creative Kids vouchers kicks in at the beginning of next school year, along with a brand new $250 “Mum and Dad” voucher,” Mr Provest added.