State Member for Baulkham Hills – Hon David Elliott MP

LIFE SAVING DEFIBRILLATORS FOR SPORTS CLUBS

Community Sports Clubs in Baulkham Hills will be among those across the state eligible to apply for a fifty per cent co-funding contribution for a lifesaving defibrillator.

As part of the 2017-2018 Budget, $4 million would be allocated over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW purchase and maintain Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).

The first eight minutes after a person has a cardiac arrest are the most critical and early access to CPR and defibrillation can increase the likelihood of survival by up to 75 percent.

We will be rolling out more than 2,500 AED’s over the next four years, under the Local Sports Defibrillation Program, which will also see community members trained in how to use them.

Some form of cardiac arrest is experienced by up to 33,000 people in Australia every year.

With thousands of spectators and players attending sporting events around the state every week, having AEDs at those venues will save lives.

Applications from clubs will be invited from October this year through the Office of Sport website.

$10 MILLION TO EXPAND COMMUNITY PRESCHOOLS

Community preschools and mobile preschools in Baulkham Hills can apply for a grant to expand the number of places at services as part of the NSW Government’s $10 million Start Strong Capital Works Grants program.

These grants are vital to ensuring services in Baulkham Hills can invest in the right infrastructure to support more children in having access to early childhood education.

This funding can be used to construct new community preschools as well as expand existing services to allow for more available childcare places. It will ensure even more children right across the state will have access to early childhood education in the year before school, giving them the social, cognitive and emotional skills to transition to school as well as benefiting them in the longer term. We know the success of a child’s education on their last day of school is determined by their very first day of school.

The Start Strong Capital Works Grants program is open to not-for-profit community preschools and mobile preschools operating in areas of the state where there is a demonstrated shortage of places.

Applications are now open and can be submitted online up until Friday 18 August. For more information, visit the Department of Education website at www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/regulationand- accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/funding/startstrong/ capital-works-grants-program