Shoalhaven City Council has closed the liberty swing at Plantation Point Reserve, Vincentia due to substantial damage to the fence surrounding the swing.
Shoalhaven City Council’s Director City Lifestyles, Jane Lewis, is disappointed that the vandalism will impact families visiting Plantation Point over Easter and the school holidays as the swing will need to remain closed until fence repairs can be completed.
“This recent act of vandalism follows five incidents of wire theft from sportsfields in the Shoalhaven,” said Ms Lewis.
“The liberty swing fence at Plantation Point is a relatively new asset constructed at the end of 2020 thanks to a donation by Veolia Mulwaree Trust. It is frustrating that Council’s efforts to provide great facilities to benefit our community can be damaged so readily by a destructive minority,” Ms Lewis said.
“We are determined to identify the culprits and are asking residents to assist us in protecting our community assets by reporting any suspicious activity at public facilities to NSW Police,” said Ms Lewis.
Liberty Swings are an Australian invention that enable people using wheelchairs to experience the fun and enjoyment of swinging.
“Inclusive play spaces are vital to help people of all ages and abilities to develop a wider sense of community. The improvements at Plantation Point are designed to create a real community space, providing an environment facilitating safe play whilst developing further social skills,” said Ms Lewis.
As well as upgrades to the playground, current works include a new amenities building with provisions for persons with a disability and accessible beach access from the Reserve to Barfleur Beach.
Crime stoppers can be reached on 1800 333 000 or online at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.