The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said an $8,000 grant for Peel Valley Lions Club will facilitate the purchase of six Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at sports grounds in the small rural communities of Attunga, Barraba, Dungowan, Manilla, Moonbi and Woolomin.
Mr Joyce said that AEDs were located at the public swimming pools at Barraba and Manilla during the summer months and ambulance response times were in excess of 10 minutes in most instances for four of the six small rural towns.
“This time frame may significantly reduce the chance of a successful outcome should a defibrillator be required for an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest,” Mr Joyce said.
“The four rural villages of Attunga, Dungowan, Moonbi and Woolomin range in distance between 20 and 36 kilometres from the nearest regional ambulance station based in Tamworth.
“Defibrillation is most effective when carried out within three minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest,” he said.
Mr Joyce said this announcement of $8,000 was linked to a $10,000 grant announced in early March which enabled the purchase of eight defibrillators for sporting grounds in Tamworth and Kootingal.
That funding came through Round 1 of the Stronger Communities Programme and will see the eight public access defibrillators placed at Number One Oval, sporting fields at Gipps, Plain, Marius Streets, Riverside Ovals, the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, the Tamworth Regional Athletics Centre and at the Kootingal Recreation Reserve.
Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, Peel Valley Lions President Heather Alexander, with club members Marianne Gaul, Greg Vella, Michael Heckrotte and David Emmanuel.