Councillor Mary Wilkinson and Bill Moorhead discuss ideas to help replace the disability swing that was damaged at the Lake Ellen Heritage Hub.
Councillor Mary Wilkinson and Bill Moorhead discuss ideas to help replace the disability swing that was damaged at the Lake Ellen Heritage Hub. MAX FLEET

Call to catch vandals

A BUNDABERG businessman has launched a campaign for justice after vandals destroyed a swing for people with disabilities at the Lake Ellen Heritage Hub.

“This is a direct attack on people with disabilities and their carers,” Multilow director Bill Moorhead said of the attack last week.

“As a member of the Access Disability Committee for many years, I believe it is time that we as a community make a stand.”

He said there were more than 60 keys distributed to people in wheelchairs and their carers so they could use the $25,000 swing.

“That means there are at least 60 people — probably more — and their carers who used the swing regularly, who now cannot because of one despicable person,” Mr Moorhead said.

In a sentiment that has echoed across Bundaberg since news broke about the vandalism, Mr Moorhead said it was vital to catch the criminals and ensure they were given an appropriate punishment.

“They need to be brought to justice, it’s that simple. We can’t let the bastards get away with it,” he said.

He has offered a $1000 reward to help catch the person or people who set the swing on fire.

“There has to be a witness — someone who was there but did not take part in it. If they are willing to dob in the person who did it, we will offer a reward,” he said.

He has also given $500 to start a community-wide campaign to replace the swing, which is expected to be supported by several businesses, including the NewsMail.

Bundaberg Regional councillor Mary Wilkinson said Mr Moorhead’s generous donation was likely to be the first of many.

“We’re just thrilled that so many people have come forward and said they will donate,” Cr Wilkinson said.

“The community is united in its anger and the desire to get the swing replaced.”



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