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Ray Hadley campaign sparks statewide defibrillator roll out

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Last year Ray Hadley received a devastating email from Lisa Kelly who lost her husband Brent to a heart attack while he was running with their daughter in Sydney’s north-west.

Paramedics said the 39-year-old may have been saved if a defibrillator had been available at the local sports ground, Fagan Park.

Ray set the wheels in motion, campaigning to get more of the life-saving devices at local grounds.

As a result, the state government committed $4 million over four years to help grassroots clubs purchase the devices.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres tells Ray 430 defibrillators will be rolled out across NSW in the first round of the program.

“Being able to access the defibrillator in the first 10 minutes of a cardiac arrest is crucial to a person’s survival.

“Councils, sporting groups, community organisations; the state government is contributing 50% of the cost… all they need to do is fill out the application form.”

Ray also grilled the minister for an update on the stadiums plan.

Mr Ayres confirmed Allianz and ANZ will both be rebuilt, and gave estimated start and finish dates for all stadium projects.

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