The Deniliquin Clay Target Club will receive funding from the NSW Government towards the purchase of life-saving technology to assist people experiencing cardiac emergencies.

Member for Murray Austin Evans said the Clay Target Club has 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 our social fabric and we need to make sport as safe as possible,” Mr Evans 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.”

Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the Liberal National Government are committed to making sport more accessible and safer to play.

“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, the NSW government has provided over $1 million to assist with the purchase of 835 defibrillators for sport and recreation facilities.”

The program will remain open for applications from now until 6 May 2019. For more information on the Local Sports Defibrillator Program, visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator