News: Bowen Mountain has a new defibrillator
On Sunday, 28 October, the Bowen Mountain Association (BMA) and the Bowen Mountain Park Management Committee unveiled their new Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) machine in Bowen Mountain Park. The AED was provided by Bendigo Bank North Richmond and Richmond as part of the Bank’s National ‘Defib for Life’ initiative.
Training was provided by Frances Mounter of Pulse First Aid for a group of 14 residents on the day. Frances gave the trainees a very insightful and entertaining practitioner’s view to CPR and the use of the AED. The machine is self-prompting and easy to use, and is stored in an alarmed cabinet outside the Park Hall. The cabinet is covered by 24/7 video surveillance.
Bowen Mountain, an isolated ‘bush’ community consisting of over 600 homes, has only 1 road in and out of the community. As such, ambulance services are somewhat limited by access, and response times of 30+ minutes have been experienced in suspected cardiac situations, even though survival rates in cardiac arrest situations are critically dependent on CPR/ defibrillation being undertaken within the first 10 minutes. The BMA believes that a locally-housed defibrillator with trained local operators will increase the survival rate of cardiac events on Bowen Mountain.
The Bowen Mountain Association and the Bowen Mountain Park Management Committee wish to thank all those who assisted with this project, and, especially, the Bendigo Bank for their generosity in providing the AED for Bowen Mountain Park.
Now, about Bowen Mountain…
Bowen Mountain is a ridge top settlement of more than 500 homes and about 1,600 people of all ages. It is located in the Hawkesbury Local Government Authority (LGA), 80 kms north west of Sydney with access roads via Grose Vale and Kurrajong. The roads are are approximately 3 kms long north to south at an average elevation of 400 metres. At the northern end of Lt Bowen Road Bowen Mountain is home to the Crago Observatory operated by the Astronomical Society of NSW There are no shops or cafes at Bowen Mountain, the closest are at Kurrajong and Grose Vale with a supermarket at North Richmond.
Bowen Mountain Park overlooks the Macquarie Towns of Richmond and Windsor and is central to the surrounding Bowen Mountain area. The park has stands of native & exotic trees and offers panoramic views across the coastal plain.
The park is available for picnics with electric BBQ facilities and toilets. The community building can be hired for private functions.
The Bowen Mountain Park Management Committee (BMPMC) is a committee delegated by Hawkesbury City Council with authority to maintain and upgrade the park. The volunteers on the committee also administer the hiring of the community Building. See the website for the calendar showing availability, conditions of hiring and contact details for hiring the Community Building.