The NSW Office of Sport is trying to hose down consternation over possible outsourcing of its sports and recreation centres, which are used for thousands of school camps each year. In a letter to clients of the sport and recreation centres, seen by Crikey, chief executive Matt Miller says “initial market sounding has confirmed interest from industry for potential service improvements however further investigations will continue before any decision is made”. The letter mentions “mainstream and social media reports and commentary” about the future of the centres. In October, The Sydney Morning Herald reported the state government had been in talks with “commercial operators and organisations that have Christian mission statements”. The Labor opposition in NSW questioned whether it was appropriate for Christian groups to deliver services at the camps. The tipster receiving the letter didn’t feel at all comforted by Miller’s words.

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Peter Fray

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