Four sports clubs in the Myall Lakes electorate will receive funding towards the purchase of life-saving defibrillators thanks to the Nationals in Government.

Local Nationals MP Stephen Bromhead 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 Myall Lakes community’s social fabric and we know the importance and benefits of keeping active as we get older, but we need to make sport as safe as possible,” Mr Bromhead 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.”

Forster Tuncurry Touch Association, Tuncurry Forster Football Club, Wallamba Bulls Rugby Union Club & Wingham Bowling Club were all successful in this round.

NSW Sport Minister 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, 11 local groups in the Myall Lakes electorate have received funding under the program.”

The program will remain open for applications from now until May 2019.