Local sports clubs in Gunnedah, Tamworth, Werris Creek and Walcha have been awarded a total of up to $14,300 in funding to put towards 11 life-saving defibrillators.
The Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said it was great to see local clubs had successfully applied for the first round of the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillation Program.
Mr Anderson said I am confident the addition of a defibrillator at Gunnedah or Tamworth, Walcha or Werris Creek will benefit hundreds of local players and spectators. 
“These towns enjoy a rich history of enjoying community sport and we look forward to the installation of more of these portable life-saving devices in our region.
“Automated External Defibrillators [AEDs] have already made a significant difference at some sporting centres, and their presence will ensure people playing sport will get immediate assistance should a defibrillator be required. 
“It was not that long ago at the Tamworth Hockey Centre, an AED saved the life of a player one Saturday afternoon,” Mr Anderson said.
Successful applications for the funding included the Tamworth Clay Target Club, North Tamworth Rugby League, Riding for the Disabled, NSW, Tamworth Centre, West Tamworth League Club’s Scully Park Sporting precinct, Werris Creek Golf Club, Walcha Bowling and Recreation Club, SSAA NSW Gunnedah Branch, Gunnedah Rugby Club, Gunnedah Junior Rugby Club, Gunnedah District Cricket Association’s Kitchener Oval and Gunnedah and Districts’ Australian Football Club at Wolseley Oval.
Mr Anderson said the program will help save lives. 
“More than 33,000 Australians experience cardiac arrest every year and early access to CPR and defibrillation can influence survival rates by up to 75 percent. 
“The NSW Government initiative supports up to 50 per cent of the defibrillator cost, training and maintenance and I encourage local sports clubs and councils that had not yet applied to consider the program,” concluded Mr Anderson.
The next round of applications opens in the middle of this year. For more information visit:


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