Councillor Mary Wilkinson is disgusted by the senseless vandalism to the disability swing at Lake Ellen Heritage Hub. Photo: MAX FLEET vnd1802d
Councillor Mary Wilkinson is disgusted by the senseless vandalism to the disability swing at Lake Ellen Heritage Hub. Photo: MAX FLEET vnd1802d

Disabled swing burnt in attack

A SWING designed to give disabled children a taste of the freedom enjoyed by their peers has been destroyed in a “despicable” act by vandals.

The $25,000 Liberty Swing, designed for wheelchair users, was burned overnight on Wednesday in what Bundaberg Regional councillor Mary Wilkinson said was a “senseless act of vandalism”.

“We’re just shocked and shattered about the whole thing,” Cr Wilkinson said.

“That swing was provided after an enormous amount of effort and donations by the community and Variety Queensland.”

The cradle of the year-old swing was so severely melted that it is unlikely to be repaired.

“We will have to either replace it or take it out altogether,” Cr Wilkinson said.

One of the key lobbyists for the playground, Ken Wilson, said he was heartbroken by the attack.

“It’s devastating that this could be done to children who already have so few sources of enjoyment in their lives,” Mr Wilson said.

“Of all the things in the playground to destroy, why pick the one thing that could give children with disabilities the chance to feel wind in their hair, like their peers? We will need community support to get it reinstated.”

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said he was outraged.

“If the culprits are caught, I want to see them not only pay restitution but also be sentenced to significant community service working with people with disabilities,” Mr Neville said.

Anyone with information should telephone Crime Stoppers on 1300 888 000.



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