Six sports clubs in Tamworth and Gunnedah will receive $7230 in funding towards the purchase of life-saving technology to assist people experiencing cardiac emergencies. 

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the clubs had been successful in securing grant funding towards the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as part of the Local Sports Defibrillator Program.

“Sport is vital part of our local community’s social fabric and we need to make sport as safe as possible and this is a program that can make a life-saving difference.

“Having access to a defibrillator in the first eight minutes after a cardiac arrest is vital to give people the best chances of survival so I recommend all the clubs in our area to apply to this grant program.

“Early this year I announced the distribution of 11 of these life-saving AEDs for Walcha, Gunnedah and Tamworth and as more than 33,000 Australians experience cardiac arrest every year, early access to CPR and defibrillation can influence survival rates by up to 75 per cent. 

“I want to congratulate the successful applicants including, Greater Northern Region of Country Rugby League NSW, Gunnedah Basketball Association, Gunnedah Shire Council’s Memorial Swimming Pool, Oxley Bowling Club, Tamworth Netball Association and West Tamworth Tennis Club.

“This four-year Local Sport Defibrillator Program assists sports organisations like these to buy AEDs and while I hope they don’t have to use them, it’s great to have an AED on site.

“Clubs receive 50 per cent towards the funding and maintenance of a defibrillator, with clubs in NSW’s Far West region receiving a 75 per cent co-contribution from the program.

“Since the start of the Program in 2017, the NSW government has provided $985,000 to assist with the purchase of 780 defibrillators for sport and recreation facilities,” Mr Anderson concluded.

The program will remain open for applications from now until May 2019. For more information on the Local Sports Defibrillator Program, visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator 


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