Defibrillators for sports clubs

Published Thursday, 26th May 2016

Fairfield City Council is making life-saving defibrillators available to sports clubs in Fairfield City, in partnership with the Australian Red Cross.

Sports clubs are being invited to register their interest in the program, which was an initiative first announced by Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone in a Mayoral Minute at the July 2015 Council meeting.

“I’m proud that Council is now rolling out this program and I’m excited that we will have three-times Olympian Melinda Gainsford Taylor to help me launch it on Monday 30 May,” Mayor Carbone said.

The project aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest – by making defibrillators, related training and support available to sports clubs in Fairfield City.

Funding will come from the Community and Infrastructure Priorities Program, which was an initiative first raised by Mayor Carbone in July 2015 and was included as part of the 2016-17 Operational Plan. The new Operational Plan was approved by Council at last week’s Council meeting.

“This practical campaign offers 10 sports clubs in Fairfield City the opportunity to obtain a defibrillator, which will make our sports clubs safer for players, volunteers and officials,” Mayor Carbone said.

The Fairfield Defibrillators for Sports Clubs program involves Council buying a defibrillator and the Australian Red Cross providing training and support in the proper use of the device. Successful applicants will be required to contribute a one-off payment of $100 to demonstrate their commitment to the program, and as a contribution to the package, which includes training.

Program Launch

When: Monday 30 May, 11.30am

Where: Makepeace Oval, 50-108 Vine St, Fairfield (opposite Fairfield Leisure Centre)

Who: Three-time Olympian Melinda Gainsford Taylor, Mayor Frank Carbone

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