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Liberals are Streets away from promise on kids and grassroots sports

Newly minted and disinterested Sport Minister Nic Street has stumbled yet again in his first weeks in the job by inexplicably failing to enter Tasmanian kids in the School Sport Australia national championships.

When Mr Street took over responsibility for sport from the scandal-plagued Jane Howlett, he promised his focus would be on grassroots sport and encouraging Tasmanian children to get active.

But in the past fortnight, Mr Street said has already overseen the demise of all ice sports in Tasmania, the closure of the Launceston YMCA and now the withdrawal of junior footy teams from national championships

Tasmania will be the only state not to send U12 and U15 boys and girls teams to the SSA national championships.

Mr Street is responsible for voluntarily eroding a critical component of the pathway for Tasmanian kids to develop in sport at the same time Tasmania is pushing for an AFL team.

Peter Gutwein previously stepped in to ensure Tasmania would participate.

Will Nic Street?

Is he up to the job? Or is he simply too focussed on the government’s proposal to build a $750m floating stadium in Hobart?

Josh Willie  
Shadow Minister for Sport