Sport

Defibrillator program open to clubs

By Cobram Courier

District sporting clubs can apply for a share in $500000 as part of the NSW Government’s local sport defibrillator grant program.

NSW Member for Murray Austin Evans said the funding part of round three of the four-year, $4million program.

‘‘Sport is a vital part of the Murray community,’’ he said.

‘‘The local sport defibrillators grant program helps sports organisations to purchase automated external defibrillators, which can be used to respond to cardiac emergencies.

‘‘It’s critical that our local sport and recreation facilities are equipped with this life-saving equipment and I urge local sports organisations to apply for funding in the current round.’’

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said the program was about making sure clubs were equipped to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

‘‘Early access to a defibrillator can significantly increase a person’s chances of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest,’’ he said.

Eligible sports clubs and organisations can receive between $1250 and $1900 towards the cost of a defibrillator.

●Applications close May 6. For details and eligibility, visit www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator