Skydive company ready to make jump
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.”
SPECTACLE: This could soon be a familiar sight in Bundaberg.