The Central Goldfields Shire is now home to a Liberty Swing with a special event to be held to celebrate its opening.


Located at the Princes Park playground in Maryborough, the Liberty Swing is specifically designed for people in a wheelchair and mobility impaired children and is the first of its kind in the Central Goldfields Shire.


A community celebration will be held on Sunday 29 April from 11.30am and all residents are invited to attend.


Local resident Montoya Turner, will enjoy the first ‘swing’ as part of the official proceedings.


Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said the Liberty Swing project was a wonderful initiative by the Maryborough Lions Club.


“Congratulations and thank you to the Maryborough Lions Club for their hard work, dedication and generous contribution towards delivering this wonderful community asset that will be enjoyed by so many.”


“As a Council it’s incredibly important for us to provide facilities that accommodate the needs of people with mobility difficulties and we’re thrilled that both locals and visitors will have the chance to enjoy this community asset for many years to come.”


Maryborough Lions Club Liberty Swing Project Manager Brian Hawkins said the Club was incredibly proud to see the Liberty Swing project complete and ready for the community to enjoy.


“It’s important for us to acknowledge all the wonderful contributions we have received to make the $34,415 project a reality.


“It has been made possible thanks to the help of a grant from the Australian Lions Foundation and also a contribution from our State Member for Ripon Louise Staley.


“Plus a special mention to all the members of our local community who have visited our Lions Club bookshop and made a donation – thank you!” 


The Liberty Swing is an innovative piece of play equipment that enables people in wheelchairs to enjoy the fun of swings, experience the sensation of above-ground motion, and be part of the action in an outdoor playground environment.


The Liberty Swing has a number of special features that make it both safe and simple to use, including an access ramp for the chair, ample room for a carer to help mobilise the swing during use, a wheel locking mechanism and full instructions on how to attach any type of chair.


Central Goldfields Shire funded some minor path works to complement the project.


Access to the Liberty Swing requires a universal key which provides access to every Liberty Swing nation-wide. Keys will be available to purchase on the day or from the Maryborough Lions Club bookshop. Keys will also be available to borrow from the Maryborough Caravan Park, Maryborough Visitor Information Centre and the Lions Club bookshop.


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