Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

Hon Paul Miles MLA

Hon Paul Miles MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

    More seniors active with SilverSport program

    19/01/2017 9:30 AM
    • Albany and Bunbury announced as new locations for SilverSport pilot program
    • Financial barriers removed for eligible seniors to get active through clubs

    More seniors will have the chance to get active with the expansion of the popular SilverSport pilot program to Albany and Bunbury.


    Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said SilverSport - based on the Liberal National Government's highly successful KidSport program - provided up to $200 towards fees, uniforms and equipment needed for eligible seniors' sport and recreation activities.


    "Sometimes the cost of participating in sport and recreation can be a barrier for seniors and this is one way that the Government can help," Ms Davies said.


    "In November 2016, the Liberal National Government committed an additional $300,000 to expand the popular SilverSport program and as a result, I am pleased to announce seniors living in the City of Bunbury and the City of Albany will be given access to SilverSport.


    "Bunbury and Albany have quality sporting facilities and a strong club system which helps promote activity and this initiative further encourages seniors to get active by removing financial barriers."


    The innovative program is also being piloted in Belmont, Kwinana, Northam and Kalgoorlie-Boulder/Coolgardie for those 60 and over.


    Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said the program would help eligible seniors, who might not otherwise be able to, join a sport or recreation club.


    "The aim is to keep seniors fit, healthy, active and socially connected using sport and recreation centres, seniors' fitness classes and clubs in their communities," Mr Miles said.


    The program is administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities.


    Applicants with a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card can join a registered SilverSport program.  The fees of up to $200 per person will go directly to recognised SilverSport clubs, recreation centres, programs and businesses.


    Fact File

    • Apply for SilverSport through current participating local governments
    • Clubs, programs and businesses who want to register as recognised SilverSport organisations can do so at http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au

    Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500

    Seniors and Volunteering Minister's office - 6552 6600


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