Scot MacDonald
DEFIBRILLATORS FOR CENTRAL COAST SPORTS CLUBS
23rd Nov 2018

Ourimbah Tennis Club and Berkeley Vale Soccer Club will each receive $1,250 from the NSW Liberal National Government towards the purchase of life-saving technology to assist people experiencing cardiac emergencies.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Liberal candidate for The Entrance Brian Perrem joined representatives from the Ourimbah Tennis Club to announce 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.

President Sue Foott and Secretary David Graeme of the Ourimbah Tennis Club welcomed the grant and thanked the NSW Government for their support.

“The unit will also be accessible to the Ourimbah Cricket Club adjacent to our premises,” Mr Graeme said.

“Sport is vital part of the Central Coast community’s social fabric and we need to make sport as safe as possible,” Mr MacDonald said.

“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.”

“As a long term volunteer for a local youth organisation I understand the anxiety that sudden medical episodes can cause to a sporting event,” Mr Perrem said.

“Having the AED on hand will bring peace of mind to club members and visitors.”

Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said 322 sports clubs across the state had been awarded a grant to purchase a defibrillator in the current round of funding.

“The four-year Local Sport Defibrillator Program assists sports organisations across the state to purchase AEDs for their sport and recreation facilities,” Mr Ayres said.

“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 commencement 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.”

For more information on the Local Sports Defibrillator Program, visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator