Defibrillators for sport clubs
Sports clubs in the Hastings Valley can now apply for a 50 per cent co-funding contribution for a life saving defibrillator. In the 2017-2018 Budget, $4 million will be allocated over four years to help sporting clubs buy and maintain Automatic External Defibrillators. More than 2500 AEDs will be distributed and training given to community members on how to use them. The first eight minutes after a cardiac arrest are the most critical, and early access to CPR and defibrillation can increase the likelihood of survival by up to 75 per cent. Thousands of people at sporting events every week, having AEDs on hand will save lives. Applications will be invited from October at https://sport.nsw.gov.au/.
Six young people from NSW will have the chance to travel to historic battlefields in Greece and Israel for the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program. This journey will allow students to deepen their understanding of the events and contributions made by young men and women that shaped our nation a century ago. Interested students must submit a 1000-word essay: Why is the Centenary of Anzac important for modern Australia and what lessons are learned from the Battle of Beersheba in 1917?. Winners will travel to Lemnos and Israel for the centenary of the Charge of the Fourth Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba on a two-week tour sponsored by ClubsNSW. The tour leaves Sydney, October 24, and returns November 5. Applications close July 31. For information see: clubsnsw.com.au/anzacambassadors
Budget boost for early childhood education
This year’s State Budget will include an additional $217 million for the successful Start Strong reforms, which means community preschools and long day care services will be funded through to 2021 at the new, higher Start Strong levels. Start Strong links needs-based funding to 600 hours of enrolment in quality education before school to ensure more participate.