Scot MacDonald
3rd Apr 2018

Seven local sports clubs in Newcastle have been awarded funding to put towards life-saving defibrillators.

Adamstown Rosebud Football Club, Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club, Newcastle & District Softball Association, Newcastle National Park Croquet Club, Newcastle Petanque Club, Stockton Sharks Junior Football Club and Newcastle Small Bore and Air Rifle Club will each receive $1,250 to fund 50 per cent of the defibrillator cost, along with training and maintenance support.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said it was great to see local clubs had applied for the first round of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Local Sport Defibrillation Program.

“So far more than 430 defibrillators have been allocated across the state and I am confident the addition of defibrillators across Newcastle will benefit hundreds of local players and spectators,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Newcastle has 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.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres 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,” Mr Ayres said.

“More than 2,500 defibrillators will be installed at community sporting facilities over the next four years as part of the $4 million program.

“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.”

President of the Adamstown Rosebud Football Club, Andrew Licata said "Defibrillators are an important piece of emergency equipment that can significantly improve survival rates from a sudden cardiac arrest and are a vital resource in developing safe and resilient football environment. Having access to a defibrillator at Adamstown Oval may one day save a life. We feel honoured to be presented with this grant to purchase an important piece of equipment."

The next round of applications opens in the middle of this year.

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