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Australopers receive lifesaving boost

MEMBERS of a local orienteering club can breathe a little easier, with the club able to purchase a potentially life-saving defibrillator thanks to a $1,700 grant from the State Government.

Australopers is the state’s largest and most successful orienteering club, with about 160 members – who range in age from eight to 88 – currently signed up.

Club president Sally Wayte said the new defibrillator would be mounted inside the club’s portable equipment trailer so it was always close at hand during events, which tested competitors’ speed, endurance and navigation skills.

“Hopefully we don’t need the defibrillator, but they’re a good thing to have these days,” Ms Wayte said.

“If we didn’t have one and there was an incident, it would be very regrettable.

“And they’re not too expensive now – especially if you can get a grant.”

Australopers is one of 28 Tasmanian organisations to share in more than $115,000 from the latest round of the Sport and Recreation Minor Grants Program, which helps improve access and participation in sport and recreation activities by funding equipment and minor facility upgrades.

“The Tasmanian Government recognises the power of recreation groups and the role that local clubs play in engaging people from all parts of the community and fostering community connection, by providing places to be social, active and develop skills and values,” Minister for Sport and Recreation Jacquie Petrusma said.

A full list of successful funding applicants can be found at www.communities.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Australopers president Sally Wayte and secretary Robyn Chapmna with junior members of Australopers Orienteering and Minister for Sport and Recreation Jacquie Petrusma.

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