Coming from a sporting and country background, I value teamwork highly. I am also passionate about the way sport and recreation contributes to building stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities across many areas, including improving our health and improving educational outcomes.
While I'm aware of the benefits, I'm also aware of the problems facing clubs; particularly with regard to volunteers, coaches and officials, who are the lifeblood of any organisation. Other issues include the maintenance and development of facilities.
The value of sport and recreation is sometimes under-estimated. When we look at things like education, health issues and crime, I firmly believe sport and recreation helps prevent many of the associated problems in those areas. It builds people. It creates community leaders.
I want to see sport and recreation playing a major role in Western Australia. Not just on the sporting field but at all levels and not only contributing to Western Australia's economy, but also developing people's skills across business and all sectors.
I regularly travel around the State, listening to people, trying to gauge how the government can work with communities, organisations and clubs to further enhance our lives through sport and recreation.
I look forward to hopefully meeting with you.
Yours in sport,
– Hon Terry Waldron MLA
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