Shire gives green light to sky­div­ing

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

A new adventure is about to para­chute into Broome, adding a new di­men­sion to lo­cal tourism.

Thrill-seek­ers will be able to leap from an air­craft in tan­dem with trained in­struc­tors and land in a des­ig­nated area on Ca­ble Beach.

Sky­dive Geron­imo has been given the tick of ap­proval from Shire of Broome coun­cil­lors — sub­ject to a long list of con­di­tions.

The com­pany presently op­er­ates in Bus­sel­ton and on Rot­tnest Island and has taken about 12,000 cus­tomers on tan­dem sky­dives.

A max­i­mum of 20 peo­ple a day will board a plane based at Broome Air­port and de­scend from heights rang­ing from 2500m to 4500m, seven days a week from May to Au­gust, start­ing this month.

Book­ings would be taken on an hourly ba­sis from 8am to 5pm, al­low­ing for one flight an hour, with each one car­ry­ing a max­i­mum of three tan­dem pairs.

The touch­down zone would be a 15m by 10m space north of the Gantheaume Point ve­hi­cle park­ing area, with the Broome Turf Club act­ing as an al­ter­na­tive land­ing spot in case of high tides or pro­hib­ited beach ac­cess.

Sky­dive Geron­imo said the area would be used for six to eight min­utes ev­ery hour and would not af­fect beach users.

A 12-seater com­muter ve­hi­cle would trans­port cus­tomers and equip­ment.

In a de­tailed pro­posal sub­mit­ted to coun­cil­lors, Sky­dive Geron­imo said it would in­tro­duce a world­class sky­div­ing op­er­a­tion lim­ited to tan­dem jumps only and not for sports or stu­dent train­ing.

The com­pany said it would source its own in­struc­tors from ex­ist­ing staff but pledged to em­ploy two lo­cals for on-ground op­er­a­tional roles.

Sky­dive Geron­imo direc­tor Glenn Stutt said the com­pany hoped to raise Broome’s rep­u­ta­tion as “the place to go”.

“We be­lieve the more a re­gion has to offer, the more vis­its it will en­joy,” he said. “We hope that Geron­imo Broome will be­come an as­set to the lo­cal com­mu­nity by in­creas­ing vis­i­ta­tion, em­ploy­ing lo­cals and pro­vid­ing an­other high­qual­ity prod­uct to the re­gion.”

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