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ON AUS­TRALIA Day this year, Lawrence res­i­dent Neville Ta­bor ap­proached Clarence MP Chris Gu­lap­tis over the need of the com­mu­nity for a life­sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Yes­ter­day, Lawrence com­mu­nity groups who helped co­or­di­nate the in­stal­la­tion of the de­fib­ril­la­tor were with health of­fi­cials and Mr Gu­lap­tis to see their hard work pay off.

The Over Fifties Group, Lawrence His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Lawrence Hall Com­mit­tee and Lawrence Golf Club all helped source the de­fib­ril­la­tor, which is now on the out­side wall of Lawrence Gen­eral Store.

Over Fifties mem­ber Robert Mur­phy said the Lawrence area needed the po­ten­tially life­sav­ing piece of med­i­cal equip­ment.

“We would like to thank Chris for help­ing the com­mu­nity in iden­ti­fy­ing Lawrence as an area in need of a de­fib­ril­la­tor, as we are rea­son­ably iso­lated,” Mr Mur­phy said.

“We’d also like to thank Aimee McNeill from the North Coast Pri­mary Health Net­work for co­or­di­nat­ing ev­ery­thing, and Ken and Steve Mac­Far­lane for the use of their cen­trally lo­cated premises to make the de­fib­ril­la­tor ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic.

“Also thanks to the com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions for sup­port­ing the project.”

Mr Gu­lap­tis said the de­liv­ery of the de­fib­ril­la­tor is an ex­am­ple of what could hap­pen when the com­mu­nity and re­gional health of­fi­cials worked to­gether

“Neville was in­quir­ing as to whether any gov­ern­ment grants or as­sis­tance were avail­able to pur­chase a de­fib­ril­la­tor so I went to the North­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict with the re­quest and their re­sponse was ter­rific,” he said.

“Wayne Jones, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of North­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict, and Sharyn White, Act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive with North Coast Pri­mary Health Net­work, worked hard to co-fund a com­mu­nity ac­ces­si­ble de­fib­ril­la­tor in the Lawrence com­mu­nity.

“Con­ver­sa­tions were held with com­mu­nity mem­bers liv­ing in Lawrence and a sub­com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished to co­or­di­nate the in­stal­la­tion of the de­fib­ril­la­tor.”

A com­mu­nity launch will be held on Wed­nes­day at 10am at Lawrence Pub­lic Hall. It will in­clude de­fib­ril­la­tor train­ing and a bar­be­cue lunch.

Free full first aid train­ing will also be avail­able to Lawrence lo­cals on June 27.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the launch or free first aid train­ing, call Aimee McNeill, North Coast Pri­mary Health Net­work, on 0437 737 191.

COM­MU­NITY PROJECT: The Lawrence com­mu­nity gath­ered with Clarence MP Chris Gu­lap­tis at the gen­eral store for the in­stal­la­tion of a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

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