RAAF to launch Our Place Our Skies Indigenous Balloon from Plantation Park

A huge colourful indigenous-themed hot air balloon will take to the sky for the first time above the Burdekin early Monday morning.

The Royal Australia Air Force’s new balloon is scheduled to launch from Plantation Park from 6.30am.

RAAF Central Flying School D Flight Commander – Balloon Squadron Leader Damian Gilchrist said the team was looking forward to getting a bird’s eye view of the area.

“Plantation Park is an ideal location for us to take to the skies, given its symbolism of the relationship between the indigenous and non-indigenous parts of the Burdekin community,” he said.

“The Air Force Balloon crew will be in the Burdekin Sunday afternoon for a final inspection of the site and if we find it’s too difficult to take off from there we will use our back-up site at the Burdekin Touch Football fields in Ayr.

“We will be in place to, weather permitting, launch Our Place Our Skies on its first public flight in the Burdekin from 5.30am on Monday and the landing location will depend on the wind direction.”

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the launch was believed to be a first for the Burdekin.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this colourful hot air balloon take to the skies in our region and I believe it’s the first time this has happened here,” she said.

“I’m excited that the Indigenous balloon will be launched from the park that is home to Gubulla Munda.

“Council works closely with the indigenous community and appreciates all they do for our region.

“I encourage residents to make the effort to get up early on Monday and come down to Plantation Park to see the launch of Our Place Our Skies.”

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