Hobsons Bay City Council - Liberty Swing, Cherry Lake, Altona

Liberty Swing, Cherry Lake, Altona

Liberty Swing, Cherry Lake, Altona

Welcome to Cherry Lake, home of the Liberty Swing and no more sitting on the edge and wondering what it would be like to fly through the air and feel the breeze on your face.


  1. To start the ride, reverse the chair into the swing as far as possible and apply the brakes or disconnect the power.
  2. Pass the chain through the wheel, pull it back over the hook by turning the knob clockwise.
  3. Fasten the seatbelt (located in box at back of capsule, unlock with MLAK key) over occupant by using the side support anchor points.
  4. Unlock the device with the MLAK key. Pull the ramp up, pushing the swing back slightly with your hand. Lower the ramp onto the ground.

Once your ride is complete, reverse all steps.


  1. Replace the ramp by lifting and pulling the capsule towards the ramp and lowering into the lock position. Please ensure the swing is locked.
  2. Remove seatbelt and replace in box.
  3. Unlock wheels and remove chains.
  4. Release brakes.
  5. Exit swing.

Please note the swing requires a MLAK key to be unlocked and fully operational.  If you require this key you can collect one from Council’s Civic Centre (Monday to Friday) at reception at 115 Civic Parade, Altona, VIC 3018, tel: (03) 9932 1000



What is special about the Liberty Swing?

The Liberty Swing is an Australian innovation – a swing that allows children and adults in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the joy of having a swing in the park. It is the only swing of its type that is fully lockable and allows a maximum swing height – maximising the swing! It is very safe and easy to use; the plastic moulded capsule is fitted with an internal steel frame, making it robust enough to withstand the rigours of an outdoor playground.

What is the carrying capacity?

The manufacturer recommends a maximum carrying capacity of 250 kg.

How do I get hold of a MLAK key?

The swing operates with a special MLAK key available Monday to Friday from Council’s Civic Centre at reception at 115 Civic Parade, Altona, VIC 3018, tel: (03) 9932 1000

Why does the liberty swing have to be fenced?

The manufacturer strongly recommends that the Liberty Swing be enclosed in a fenced area. While some people are opposed to fences in playgrounds, the safety of children running in playgrounds must be paramount in decision-making. Consider the bulk of the capsule and weight when it contains a person plus wheelchair.

How does the swing provide an inclusive play opportunity?

It is the inventor's intention that the swings not be placed in isolated areas away from traditional play areas – the idea is that the whole family can go to the park together, those with or without a disability, can enjoy the facilities some have been missing out on until now. Sometimes when the Liberty Swing is being used, able-bodied children want a turn. We encourage the use of the Liberty Swing by all, but priority should always be given to those in the community for whom its was intended, and always under adult supervision.

What is the internal seat used for?

The Liberty Swing contains an internal fold-down seat for people who are not confined to a wheelchair, but who still need the support of the seatbelt, or perhaps access to the swing by wheelchair; it is possible for some children, after initial help from their carer, to swing themselves, and if they have control of their upper bodies/arms, this provides an excellent form of exercise.

What is the responsibility of the user?

It is essential that users of the Liberty Swing lock the ramp back into position when finished with the swing. This will ensure public safety and deter misuse.

More information on the Liberty Swing?

Check out the website www.libertyswing.com.au

Have a question not answered here?

For general enquiries and feedback contact Hobsons Bay City Council’s Metro Access and Inclusion Officer on 9932 1000

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