HEARTS IN RIGHT PLACE: Leanne Fowler and Bill Turner stand behind a good cause.
HEARTS IN RIGHT PLACE: Leanne Fowler and Bill Turner stand behind a good cause. Felicity Ripper

Small price to pay for life

ACCORDING to Red Cross Australia, immediate access to a defibrillator can lead to a 70 per cent survival rate if applied quickly.

With Gayndah's ageing population Bill Turner was baffled to find his town only had a couple of defibrillators, none of which were located in the main street.

Mr Turner has identified 19 public spaces in Gayndah and surrounding areas, where senior citizens frequent, in need of defibrillators in case of an emergency.

This week he will send off an expression of interest to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for a grant to buy them.

"The 2016 Census showed there were 854 people over 50 in Gayndah, so we have a high number of people going about activities who are in danger without defibrillators,” he said.

"The more I looked into it the more I saw the safety issues with every single organisation in town and I want to blanket Gayndah with defibrillators.”

Mr Turner will hand over documents pertaining to defibrillator costs, a list of contacts where the defibrillators are needed and letters of support from local organisations, including local paramedic officer in charge Keith Wrench.

Red Cross has agreed to subsidise the large purchase from $57,000 down to $43,700.

Mr Turner said if he was not awarded this specific grant he would find another avenue to source the funds.


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