I am pleased local sports clubs in Heathcote have been awarded over $6000 in funding to put towards life-saving defibrillators.

Congratulations to the following successful applications:

Burning Palms Surf Life Saving Club

Heathcote Waratahs Football Club

Scarborough Boardriders

Bosco Bulldogs Junior Rugby League Club

Sutherland Shire Canoe Club

It was great to see a number of local clubs had applied for the first round of the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillation Program.

Defibrillators are a crucial lifesaving tool with more than 33,000 Australians experiencing cardiac arrests every year and early access to CPR and defibrillation can influence survival rates by up to 75 percent.

 So far more than 430 defibrillators have been allocated across the state and I am confident the addition of defibrillators at Heathcote will benefit hundreds of local players and spectators.

 Heathcote 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 and 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.

The next round of applications opens in the middle of this year and I encourage all local sports clubs and councils that have not yet applied to consider the program.

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