Local sports clubs receive life-saving defibrillators

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New life-saving defibrillators will be installed at local grassroots sports facilities following the awarding of grants in the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.

Seven local sporting organisations from across the Electorate of Cessnock were among 193 to share in $500,000 with each organisation receiving up to $3,000 towards the purchase, installation, and training of a new automated external defibrillator.

The successful recipients for the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program in the Cessnock Electorate are:

  • Cessnock Motorcross Club Inc
  • West Wallsend Rugby Football Club
  • BHP Rifle Club Incorporated
  • Kurri Kurri-Weston District Cricket Club Incorporated
  • Mulbring Cricket Club Incorporated
  • Cessnock District Netball Association
  • Kurri Kurri Minor Rugby League

The NSW Labor Government is committed to rebuilding our grassroots sporting communities and ensuring local facilities are fit-for-purpose. The Program was available to a range of clubs, associations and councils in the State’s lowest socio-economic areas according to Australian Bureau of Statistics SEIFA data.

For further information on the Local Sports Defibrillator Program, including the list of recipients, visit: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants/local-sport-defibrillator-grant-program

Member for Cessnock, Mr Clayton Barr said:

“Residents from across the Electorate of Cessnock love their sport and this funding will ensure our local sporting organisations are equipped to respond to life-threating emergencies.”

“With more and more people of all ages participating in sport and active recreation across the Electorate of Cessnock this equipment will be available should the worst ever happen.”

Minster for Sport, Mr Steve Kamper said:

“Heart attacks and heart disease do not discriminate, and access to a defibrillator immediately following a cardiac arrest can mean the difference between life and death.

Minster for Sport, Mr Steve Kamper said:

“The NSW Government wants to ensure that people participating in sport in the State’s most disadvantaged areas have access to the same life-saving equipment as people in more affluent areas.

“The NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program ensures that our smallest community sport and recreation clubs are equipped to respond to life-threatening emergencies.”

Professor Jamie Vandenberg, Co-deputy Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, said:

“Nine out 10 people who have a sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital won’t survive.

“But your chances are greatly increased if there is a defibrillator close at hand.

“It’s fantastic to see that more sports clubs across NSW will now have these life-saving devices installed as a result of these grants.

“Every second counts when it comes to surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.”