Community pushing for new swing
THE Bundaberg community is once again displaying its giving spirit, with donations pouring in to replace the destroyed liberty swing for people with disabilities at the Lake Ellen Heritage Hub.
A donation point has been created at the Bundaberg Westpac Bank branch, which has attracted about $11,000 in donations since Friday.
Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey has pledged $1000 to the cause and has encouraged members of the community to follow suit after the swing was burned by vandals on Wednesday night.
“Everyone can make a difference with any size donation,” he said.
“It’s time for us to follow up with some action to get this swing replaced.”
Mr Dempsey said he remembered the day the swing was presented to the community.
“It just brings tears to your eyes,” he said.
“The feeling of the breeze and that sensation is something a lot of people take for granted. There’s nothing else like it for disabled people in the community.”
Mr Dempsey said Bundaberg had a high number of disabled children.
“One in 12 children in Bundaberg have a disability,” he said.
“This is one of the highest statistics in Queensland.”
Mr Dempsey said now was the time for the community to band together.
“This senseless act of vandalism is the negative side but we have to show the positive side by getting it back up and running,” he said.
Bundaberg Westpac Bank manager Gary Persal said he was shocked at the heartless act.
“I just could not believe that someone would do such a thing,” he said.
“When I heard of the swing I though what a fantastic idea it was. No one here could believe that it had been destroyed and we wanted to do something to help.”
Members of the community can donate at the Bundaberg Westpac Branch.
“Instead of just replacing the swing we are now hoping to get some security set up around it so this does not happen again,” he said.
Bundaberg radio station 4BU will be broadcasting live from the CBD pavilion this weekend and will be taking donations for the cause.
Make a donation
The community is being encouraged to make a donation towards replacing the destroyed liberty swing.
To donate, head to the Bundaberg Westpac Bank.