Steph Cooke MP with members of the Barellan Swimming Club and their new defibrillator in 2019. Steph and two club members stand around the wall-mounted defibrillator
Steph Cooke MP with members of the Barellan Swimming Club and their new defibrillator in 2019.

Sports and councils in the Cootamundra electorate are encouraged to apply for a grant towards potentially life-saving equipment in the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said it is vital facilities were equipped to respond to life-threatening situations.

“Defibrillators can be the difference between life and death, that’s why it’s crucial our clubs and councils have this equipment to respond to emergencies,” Ms Cooke said.

“Distance shouldn’t dictate access to life saving equipment, so I encourage every organisation in the Cootamundra electorate to apply for this grant program. Help make our amazing sport and recreation organisations even safer for everyone.” 

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said up to $1 million was available to sporting clubs and councils this year.

“In NSW, up to 7,000 people experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year,” Mr Lee said.

“Medical experts say the first eight minutes following a cardiac arrest are critical and that early access to CPR and a defibrillator is essential to increasing a patient’s likelihood of survival.

“The NSW Government is encouraging sports clubs and councils to take advantage of this life-saving program.”

The program is open from 3 September 2020 until 12 April 2021.

For more information: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator