Burnie receives a Liberty Swing

Enjoying the breeze in your hair, as you swing your legs back and forward on a playground swing is a favourite childhood memory for many. For people confined in a wheelchair, they can only dream of experiencing that feeling. Until now.

This Thursday 17 October at 3:30pm in the Burnie Park (near the current playground), a celebration with the Tasbash cars will be held to mark the handing over of a Liberty Swing to the Burnie region.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “Council approached Variety Children’s Charity, who helped source and secure a reconditioned swing. The offer of the reconditioned swing to the Burnie community made the cost to purchase the swing less than half of a brand new swing. An amazing gift to the Burnie community.”

Variety Children's Charity is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with special needs in Australia and throughout the world. Variety’s Liberty Swing Program aims to provide every community with at least one Liberty Swing in a major park or playground, so that all children get a chance to have a swing in the park.

“Burnie Emu Bay Lions Club generously donated $5,000 to help secure the reconditioned swing to Burnie. The generosity and help of these two community organisations has made the dream of experiencing a swing for the first time a reality,” Mayor Kons said.

Burnie City Council has contributed over $30,000 to this project.

“As part of the community’s strategic plan Making Burnie 2030, we are aiming to make Burnie a place where everyone feels accepted and participates freely in community activities. While there is a long way to go to achieving this goal, this swing marks an important step in the right direction. Everyone deserves the chance to play, laugh and swing,” Mayor Kons said.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net