South Ballina gets a defibrillator
THROUGH a community fundraising effort, a public-access defibrillator has been installed at South Ballina.
This will make at least three public-access defibrillators in the shire – there is one in the Wigmore Arcade in Ballina and another at IGA Lennox Head, with other organisations also owning the life-saving devices.
Lorraine Leuckel, a South Ballina resident and first aid officer with the Ballina coast guard, was a driving force behind the purchase and installation of the latest heart-starting machine, which is housed at the Ballina Beach Village at South Ballina.
A community gathering last month raised most of the $2900 for the machine, with the balance collected within the week.
Ms Leuckel said it could take an ambulance 25 minutes to get to South Ballina and its beaches and the southern riverside communities, because the emergency service vehicle had to cross the Richmond River on the ferry.