IT’S not every day voters can witness a politician free-falling towards the earth from 14,000 feet.
But that’s just what visitors to Tamworth’s inaugural Festival of Flight will see tomorrow when member for New England Barnaby Joyce jumps out of a plane as part of a skydiving challenge.
Mr Joyce, who has leapt from a plane only once before, said while he was not exactly relishing the skydiving opportunity, he wanted to take part in the hope it would draw attention to the important local festival.
“After taking some big knocks and putting my hand in plaster at the Rugby Reunion Carnival at Armidale a fortnight ago, I thought my extreme activities might have come to an end for the year,” Mr Joyce said.
“And leaping from a perfectly safe plane was not exactly on my radar when I first signed up for a career in politics.
“I just hope it won’t be a Greens voter who will be packing my parachute.”
Presented by the Tamworth Aero Club and the Rotary Club of Tamworth, the festival is touching down at Tamworth Airport tomorrow and Sunday featuring planes from cutting edge to classic, aerobatics, skydiving and joy flights.
A careers day will be held in conjunction with the festival today.