Sky­dive com­pany ready to make jump

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A TAN­DEM sky­div­ing oper­a­tion could soon be drop­ping in to the re­gion.

In March 2012, Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil gave per­mis­sion for Sky­dive Her­vey Bay to start op­er­at­ing in the area.

Four drop zones were ap­proved by the coun­cil. They were Bar­gara CBD Beach area (sub­ject to tidal con­di­tions), Bar­gara Beach Sports Field, El­liott Heads and Woodgate Beach.

Sky­dive Her­vey Bay owner Peter Agnew plans to visit the re­gion soon to make fi­nal ar­range­ments.

Mr Agnew told eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment spokesman Greg Barnes that many of his clients lived in Bund­aberg and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Coun­cil­lor Greg Barnes said he ran a sim­i­lar oper­a­tion in the 1990s.

“The beach at Bar­gara CBD, to my mind, would be best for him be­cause it’s good ad­ver­tis­ing,” he said.

Cr Barnes said it would be good for the town.

“It adds a bit of vi­brancy to the area. It’s a free spec­ta­cle for the people around the place.”

Cr Barnes said when he op­er­ated a sim­i­lar ser­vice, no com­plaints were re­ceived.

“I think it’s a great idea,” he said.

When the com­pany first made the ap­pli­ca­tion, it told the coun­cil that be­fore any jump the po­ten­tial drop zone was sur­veyed by a ground con­trol of­fi­cer, who also looked at the pub­lic in the area, the tide height, ob­sta­cles car­ried up by the tide, ground wind di­rec­tion and wind speed.

The of­fi­cer then put a flag in the best land­ing po­si­tion.

In its orig­i­nal ap­pli­ca­tion, the com­pany said the rea­son it wanted to op­er­ate in Bund­aberg was be­cause many of its cus­tomers trav­elled from the city to Her­vey Bay to sky­dive.

“So we felt the need to utilise Bund­aberg’s beau­ti­ful beaches and scenery so that the lo­cals may jump their own re­gion,” the ap­pli­ca­tion read.

“Book­ing agents in Bund­aberg, other lo­cal businesses and the Bund­aberg air­port would also ben­e­fit from our op­er­a­tions.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SPEC­TA­CLE: This could soon be a fa­mil­iar sight in Bund­aberg.

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