BY OLIVIA GOELDNER

New grants from the state government have allowed for seven sporting faculties in the Cessnock Electorate to receive life-saving defibrillators. 

Cessnock Motor Cross Club, West Wallsend Rugby Football Club and Cessnock District Netball Association are among the few chosen. 

The grants of up to $3,000 cover the purchase, installation and training of the new automated external defibrillators. 

It comes as a part of the NSW Government’s Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program, putting $500,000 towards 193 sporting facilities in low socio-economic areas. 

Member for Cessnock Clayton Barr says he’s pleased with the effort. 

“With more and more people of all ages participating in sport and active recreation across the Electorate of Cessnock this equipment will be available should the worst ever happen.

“This funding will ensure our local sporting organisation’s are equipped to respond to life-threatening emergencies,” he said.