A replacement for a near-billion-dollar program helping cover the cost of kids' sport is in the works, the NSW premier says.
Parents, carers and guardians of school-enrolled children can claim two $100 vouchers per child each year, under the Active Kids program established in 2018.
But the program was timed by the previous coalition government to expire on June 30, leaving the Minns government needing to find an extra $800 million to continue it over the next term.
"It's not a case of me chopping the program, banking $800m, and saying 'oh, where are we gonna spend it?'" Premier Chris Minns told 2GB on Tuesday.
But he hinted his administration would still help some families with the cost of kids' sport.
"We're working on it," he said.
"I want to make sure that when we're producing government programs, that it's going to the people that need it ... it's not my money."
The coalition has been particularly critical of the government's proposed scrapping of the program, highlighting how the vast majority of some netball clubs' player registrations were paid using Active Kids vouchers.
Opposition Leader Mark Speakman has said it was not unusual for a government to fund a program on a year-by-year basis, as the coalition did with the "essential" Active Kids program.
Awaiting the final report for a review into the program, Sports Minister Steve Kamper on Tuesday reminded the parliament his coalition predecessor had failed to make a budgetary pitch for the program before the March election.
"This stunt over the past few weeks is actually a disgrace," he said in Question Time.
Australian Associated Press
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