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Giraffes at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo. Photo Wikipedia.

Zoo lovers rejoice, there will be direct flights between Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and Dubbo courtesy of FlyPelican from 28 August.

Initially there will be twice weekly flights, on Mondays and Fridays. This is the second new regional destination for the airport, following the commencement of direct flights to Canberra last month.

As COVID restrictions bite interstate, and in capital cities, tourism between the regions is an increasingly attractive option, with plenty of interest being anticipated in both directions.

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Manager Julie Stewart. Photo David Lowe.

Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Manager Julie Stewart says the new route is a welcome addition.

‘It’s very exciting news that FlyPelican recognises the need for better transport links within regional NSW and supporting our community by introducing this new service,’ said Ms Stewart.

‘This will provide a much-needed boost to our local economy through tourism opportunities, as well as creating jobs.’

For the people of the Northern Rivers, it will now be easier to visit family and friends in Dubbo, as well as attractions in the region such as the award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Wellington Caves, the Dish in Parkes, Old Dubbo Gaol, and the wineries of Mudgee.

The Central West has greened up beautifully as drought conditions have eased.

Booking for the new service are available via flypelican.com.au.

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  1. Hello good Giraffe people. I see you behind your cold metal fence and tears stream from my eyes. Your home stolen, and you trafficked into prisons worldwide, for humans to gawk at, most out of mere curiosity , not even care. And what did you ever do wrong to deserve such displacement and imprisonment? My heart is with you since my first year of life. I am so sorry. Love to you. The sacred light in me honours the sacred light in you. Thankyou to taking good care, prison guards, of these long necked quiet people, who have never done a single harm in the world.

    Sadly too, many more Australians are also becoming homeless now, and separated from each other by poverty and homelessness, through the same systemic corruption of banking and governments that robbed these Giraffe people of their real home.

    • Don’t be silly Ida. They have plenty of space at Dubbo zoo, Lions cannot eat them and their homeland is running out of room. Narrow minded and careless view displays no regard for those who cannot afford or are unable to go to Africa to see these magnificent creatures. Grow up.

  2. Thankyou for the lesson Barry. To be a grown-up means to lose your capacity for feeling. Hmmm. Robotic. Sad.
    Again, thankyou to the keepers, for your good care of these, yes, magnificent beings.


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