Pull cord, inflate tourism

RIPCORD Skydivers Parachute Club celebrated the completion of its restoration after the January floods rendered the service inoperable.

Chief instructor John Friswell said after 20 years at the Glenore Grove site he wants to let the community know they are up and running again and the Lockyer Valley is still alive and kicking.

“We get about 50 tourists every weekend, which helps with the local dollar,” Mr Friswell said.

“We now have got a new plane and have rebuilt the club facilities.

“It completely wiped out not only our aeroplane but all the club's training facilities, toilets and accommodation along with expensive training equipment.”

But with hard work and the help of many volunteers he said the Falling People skydiving club and skydivers from the region can again participate in parachute competitions as previously done before the floods.

Lockyer Valley councillor Janice Holstein said it was great to have people jumping out of planes over the Valley again, providing a much needed boost to the local tourism industry.

“On Saturday I attended the reopening of Ripcord Skydiving, finally back up and running after the January floods,” Cr Holstein said.

“It was fabulous to see one of our tourism operators back on their feet after the flood, welcoming visitors back to the Lockyer Valley.”

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