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Ballina gets a heart starter
The only community based,
public access emergency heart
defibrillator between Newcastle,
NSW, and Brisbane, Qld, has
just been provided by The
Rotary Club of Ballina, NSW.
  The $4700 emergency heart
defibrillator features easy-
to-operate voice-led step-
by-step instructions and has
been installed in the Wigmore
Arcade in the heart of the
seaside holiday resort’s CBD.
  The Rotary Club of Ballina
President said that the club
had identified the need for this
device and raised the money to
buy the equipment.
  Ballina is a fast growing river
and beachfront community that
has a high percentage of over-
50 residents and a burgeoning
tourist trade.
  Pre s i d e nt Br u c e B e v an
                                                 Consultant Louise Owen and daughter Kati conduct emergency defibrillator operation on patient Don Conson.
said that after researching the
products available with the
assistance of Club Membership        policy that is secured by a                Dubbo West                                     Welding, Electro Technology,
Director Don Conson and              general indemnity under                    supports Vocational                            Building Construction,
Louise Owens, a corporate            Federal legislation for “Good              excellence                                     Automotive, Painting
consultant on heart devices,         Samaritans” and emergency                  The Rotary Club of Dubbo                       and Decorating, Office
the decision was made to             services volunteers.                       West, NSW, has been and                        Administration, Hairdressing
purchase a Power Heart AED             The Rotary Club of Ballina               continues to b e a strong                      and Hospitality.
G3 automated defibrillator.          has earmarked a further project            s u p p o r t e r o f R o t a r y ’s             Some 90 people were in
  This de vice includes a            to fundraise for a similar                 Vocational Service Programs.                   attendance to witness the
high clarity instructive voice       defibrillator at the nearby                   O ve r m any ye ar s s u c h                presentation of the Awards by
prompt that leads the operator       Ballina Shire beach resort of              programs have included Pride                   the Mayor of Dubbo, Mr Allan
succinctly through the correct       Lennox Head.                               of Workmanship Awards,                         Smith and Mrs Dawn Fardell,
procedure step by step in a            The Emergency Defibrillator              Vocational guidance for youth                  Member for Dubbo.
heart related emergency. It’s        was launched by the Mayor of               and Awards of Excellence and                     The keynote address was
a lightweight user-friendly          Ballina Cr Phil Silver and Rotary          these vocational programs                      given by Mr Steve Hornery,
device.                              Club of Ballina President Bruce            have given Rotar y a high                      Manager TAFE World Skills
  The Wigmore Arcade is              Bevan.                                     profile both within Dubbo and                  NSW, who highlighted the
located in the centre of River         The Rotary Club of Ballina               the wider community.                           common links of Rotar y,
Street (Ballina’s main street),      will maintain the unit and will               A highlight of the club’s                   TAFE NSW and World Skills
opposite a busy pedestrian           continue to generate public                Vocational Service involvement                 Australia in promoting high
crossing and forms a passage         awareness of the facility and its          was showcased in February                      levels of excellence by young
way through from a car park          location. The club is also active          when a special evening was                     people in various vocations.
area on the northern side of         in involving nearby business               held to present Vocational                       He also advised that two of
River Street.                        operators and their staff in the           Awards of Excellence to nine                   the nine Awardees honoured
  Insurance wise all activities      operation and surveillance of              outstanding young high                         that evening had been chosen
are covered under our district       the defibrillator. ■                       achievers in the fields of                     to compete and represent


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