Councillors defer ban on skydiving
SKYDIVERS will have two more months to convince Clarence Valley Council they can jump safely in the region.
At its Tuesday meeting the council resolved to give Coffs City Skydivers until the November meeting to answer a range of safety questions it has over parachutists jumping into South Grafton aerodrome.
Councillor Craig Howe moved to defer a ban on the sport at the two airfields in the region, to ensure skydiving retained a local presence.
The meeting heard the council had met with Coffs City Skydivers late last year to discuss safety issues.
General manager Scott Greensill said since then the only correspondence the council had received from the company contained legal threats.
He said skydivers had ignored safety requirements by jumping onto an area where aircraft were taking off and landing.
Councillor Jason Kingsley opposed the motion to defer, claiming 10 months was long enough for the company to deal with the issues, but other councillors were happy to wait.
Councillors voted 8-1 in favour of deferring the ban.