It seems that the Canberra Balloon Festival has managed to get itself into a pickle with the local and national RSL with respect to their plans to have balloons in the air above Canberra on the morning of the 25th April. For want of a better source, the ABC has a snippet here.
Now apparently there have been balloons in the air on ANZAC Day for the past twenty five years with no one really getting their knickers in a knot. This year it seems that there’s some ACT Government involvment and perhaps in the past the flights were not officially sanctioned by the festival, but none-the-less the balloons were in the sky.
Bill Crews on the national RSL has a problem with the commercial aspect (although apparently just commercial balloon opperations because he’s silent on other businesses operating on ANZAC Day morning).
So, are balloons a viscious attack on this most sacred of days or is it a beat up? The usual suspects in the Sydney media are probably onto it. Could it be a case of sour grapes by the past (and recently dumped) organisers of the balloon festival trying to run interference?
[Ed. Devil_in_Disquiz was also on to this story and had the following to say in response to News.com.au’s story where an ACT Govt spokesperson claimed “It won’t be going anywhere near the dawn service”]
Won’t be going anywhere near the dawn service huh ?? And how can this spokesperson give that assurance ? Is this spokesperson a qualified balloon pilot ? Last time I heard, hot air balloons were directionally controlled mainly by the prevailing wind.
Maybe Stanhope and his cronies are going to sit at the end of Anzac Parade and ‘talk’ these balloons away with their own hot air.
When is the ACT govt going to start actually THINKING about their decisions. Pigs arse they consulted with these groups. More likely they were sent a fax telling them what was going to happen.