The accessible swing on the Heritage Park swingset was stolen this week.
The accessible swing on the Heritage Park swingset was stolen this week. Lismore City Council Facebook pa

Community outraged by Heritage Park swing theft

A SWING and a slippery dip were stolen from Heritage Park in Lismore, leaving the public appalled that someone would steal from our youngest members of the community.

A Lismore City Council spokesperson wrote on the organisation's Facebook page "we were so disappointed this week to discover two items of playground equipment stolen".

"We thankfully found the slide dumped near the skatepark but we are still trying to track down the swing," they said.

Someone stole this slippery dip from Heritage park but it was found dumped near the skatepark.
Someone stole this slippery dip from Heritage park but it was found dumped near the skatepark. Lismore City Council Facebook pa

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said somebody out there would be getting newfound joy from their accessible swing, while a whole community misses out.

"I think anyone who is proud of their community gets really personally hurt when they see something like that," she said.

"Someone went there with the equipment to remove it because it wasn't just a matter of hacking it down.

"If you know and see that piece of equipment around please report it because it is a loss to our whole community."

There were a lot reactions on the council's Facebook page.

Annastacia Casey said "I work with a special needs child who has just recently become acquainted with going to the park to have a swing, and that's the only precise swing they feel comfortable and safe in".

The stolen accessible swing from the Heritage Park swingset looks similar to this one in Wade Park.
The stolen accessible swing from the Heritage Park swingset looks similar to this one in Wade Park. Lismore City Council Facebook pa

"So sad that our children are given such great playgrounds, only to have them destroyed," Samantha Ramsay said.

Lindy Hawkins said "presumably they want them for their children. What a fine example they set."

"Stealing from the children is unacceptable," Dottie Gavenlock said.

The Lismore City Council spokesperson has asked anyone with information to call the office on 1300 87 83 87.

Police have been notified of the incident.



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