LISMORE SPORTS CLUBS RECEIVE LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT
Seven sports clubs Lismore will receive funding from the NSW Government towards the purchase of life-saving technology to assist people experiencing cardiac emergencies.
Member for Lismore, Thomas George 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 the Lismore community’s social fabric and we need to make sport as safe as possible,” Mr George said.
“Clunes Tennis Club, Far North Coast Hockey, Lismore Richmond Rovers Football Club, Lismore Target Pistol Club, Lismore Turf Club, North Coast National, Northern Rivers Kart Club and Richmond River Gun Club all now have the means to access a defibrillator. The first eight minutes after a cardiac arrest is vital to giving people the best chances of survival so I recommend all the clubs in our area to apply to this grant program.”
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.”
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