Scot MacDonald
4th Apr 2018

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

East Maitland Junior Rugby League Football Club, East Maitland Park Tennis Club, Lochinvar Rovers Football Club, Maitland Basketball Association, Maitland Croquet Club, Maitland Dog Obedience Club and Thornton Junior Football Club will all receive funding up to 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 seven defibrillators across Maitland will benefit hundreds of local players and spectators,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Maitland 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.

Cr Ben Mitchell who represented the Parliamentary Secretary at the event stated “I am excited that my community has received these grants that will greatly enhance safety in emergency situations”

“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.”

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

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