Berwick City Cougars Baseball Club

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (Question 366) My question is to the Minister for Sport and concerns the Berwick City Cougars Baseball Club.

I recently met with its new vice-president Leo Hemmes to discuss his plans for this great local club. The Cougars are the only summer baseball club within the city of Casey and the club has a senior playing list of 70 players. It also has one of the largest junior playing programs in the state. During the season the club has a masters game for players aged over 35 each and every Monday night. To ensure that it is prepared for all eventualities the club is keen to secure a defibrillator for its clubrooms.

We know that each year 30 000 Australians are struck down by cardiac arrest, with fewer than 5 per cent surviving because help does not reach them in time. I understand that a grants program will open in the new financial year to which local sports club can apply. This is a fantastic commitment by the government to supply 1000 defibrillators to grassroots clubs across Victoria.

I ask the minister to advise how local sports clubs like the Berwick City Cougars Baseball Club can apply for grants through this outstanding program.