Labor Denies Regional Seniors Lifesaving Equipment

NSW Nationals

The Minns Labor Government has once again failed regional seniors by refusing to provide an essential first aid device for a volunteer community centre on the Mid North Coast.

The Labor Government denied a request for $1,800 to purchase and install an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the Tinonee Memorial School of Arts Hall, despite the facility offering a range of activities for seniors in the region.

Nationals Member for Myall Lakes, Tanya Thompson, wrote to Premier Minns seeking his support, but received no reply.

Her request was then passed down the chain and rejected by the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health – a doctor.

Shadow Minister for Seniors Bronnie Taylor said the response is disappointing.

“It’s extremely concerning that the NSW Premier hasn’t taken this issue seriously and it just goes to show that this Labor Government is leaving our regional seniors behind,” Mrs Taylor said.

“Denying a request for a potentially lifesaving tool for a community centre that is frequented by seniors speaks volumes about how out of touch this government is.

“This is a slap in the face for seniors across the state, especially as we celebrate Seniors Week.”

Mrs Thompson, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Seniors, has called on the Premier to reconsider the decision.

“The Tinonee Memorial School of Arts is at the heart of the community and the committee does incredible work to ensure the Hall continues to be accessible for a range of events, activities and community groups including the Tinonee Seniors Group,” Mrs Thompson said.

“Having an AED on site would allow people to respond quickly in the event of a cardiac emergency and Premier Chris Minns needs to step up and provide the much-needed funding.”

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