Defibrillators to save lives for Port Stephens Sports people

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AT the upcoming Port Stephens Council meeting on 27 February 2018, Council will consider a notice of motion proposed by Cr Giacomo Arnott, West Ward Councillor, to facilitate the purchase and installation of defibrillators at sports venues across Port Stephens.

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At a recent West Ward Sports Council meeting, sportspeople from all sports and all clubs joined together to support defibrillators being installed at each sports complex, to ensure that if and when they are needed, they can be accessed and potentially save lives.

The discussion emanated from a recent incident at Lakeside Sports Complex, where the quick-thinking actions of local cricketers ensured that a defibrillator was sourced from the nearby Lakeside Leisure Centre for a player who had suffered a heart attack.

Medowie Clubs already benefit from this safety feature, with all clubs currently fitted with a defibrillator machine, and it would a fantastic asset to see this same statistic carried across all clubs in Port Stephens.

“Council will be asked to work on a 50/50 split with each ward’s sports council to facilitate the funding and installation of defibrillators at sports complexes such as Lakeside Sports Complex, Tomaree Sports Complex, and Mallabula Sports Complex.”

“Working with Council staff, twelve sites have been identified in the Local Government Area that would provide maximum coverage for as many sports and clubs as possible and I’m proud to be part of a Council that can play such a crucial role in protecting lives and assisting local sportspeople.”

“For the amount of money Council is being asked to give, we really are making the most of ratepayer dollars, making this a common-sense move,” he said.

Interested members of the public are welcome to attend these public meetings.

Residents can also take advantage of the brand new webcasting of council meetings, available live on the Council website when meetings are held.

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