Mass skydive 'in line with permit'
AROUND 30 skydivers took to the skies with their parachutes last week at Evans Head Aerodrome, but council has questioned whether or not the sky diving group from Ballina had overstretched the limits of its permit.
“The group has approval for normal training days,” council’s manager for strategic planning, Ray Medhurst said.
“However, we had heard rumours that they may be having a major event, so we wanted to clarify that.”
Go Sky Dive owner and organiser of the weekend, Roger Mulckey said the gathering was in line with their permit allowances.
“Normally we’d be over near the aerodrome but we’ve come to the other side to be out of the way of the new building site,” he said.
“Other than that it’s not much different from other days other than we have a few more people.
“There is a group of us which like to get together and improve our skills.”
Skydiving enthusiasts have come from Adelaide, Sydney and even Cairns to enjoy a weekend of free falling from planes and Mr Mulckey estimated the aggregated experience of everyone there would be well over 100,000 jumps.
“There are two of us here alone who have clocked up 20,000 jumps between us,” Mr Mulckey said.