Over $700,000 in sport fees have been saved from Bathurst families since the start of 2018 thanks to the NSW Government's Active Kids program.
Since the program was introduced on January 1, 2018, $711,500 has been saved from Bathurst families residing in the 2795 postcode.
Last year school-enrolled children in NSW were eligible for a $100 rebate voucher, which could be spent on covering the cost for registration, participation and membership fees for sport, fitness and active recreation activities.
And since 2019, children have been eligible for a second Active Kids vouchers for a total of $200.
The Active Kids vouchers is one of several ways an average family can save thousands, with three new cost of living measures introduced on July 1, 2019.
"Households will now be eligible for up to $2000 in savings thanks to a number of measures including the doubling of Active Kids vouchers, the One Click Energy Switch and Energy Accounts Payment Assistance Scheme," Bathurst MP Paul Toole said.
He explained that the Active Kids voucher was an initiative by the NSW Government to help promote an active lifestyle.
"It's absolutely fantastic and with the government now introducing a second Active Kids voucher, kids can now be involved in a winter and summer sport," Mr Toole said.
"Active Kids is putting more money back into people's pockets, where that money that would've been spent on sport can now go to things like uniform, books or insurance."
In the 2795 postcode, $360,500 was saved in 2018, while $351,000 has been saved only seven months in.
In the 2795 postcode in 2018, 4330 vouchers were created, with 3605 redeemed, while 4191 have been created in 2019 so far, with 3510 redeemed.
In the Oberon postcode (2787), $4700 has been saved across 2018 and 2019, while $187,000 was saved in Lithgow (2790) across the two years.
Bathurst PCYC activity officer Melinda Robinson said more people have been trying activities, making sure their voucher doesn't got to waste.
"We had a lot of parents ringing up and getting their children to try out different activities because they've been granted these vouches," she said.
"It's good to be active and we're finding a lot more families are reaching out to do activities to get kids off the computer."
She's also noticed that class sizes have increased, as well as the amount of classes.
"We've just got a lot more participants willing to seek out activities because of the rebate," she said.
"They can utilise the money on the rebate for Gymnastics NSW fees, as well as their term fees."
School-enrolled children between the ages of four and a half and 18-years-old are eligible for a $200 Active Kids voucher annually.