The Crowdfunding campaign has now closed - if you wish to contribute, please contact us directly.
This is a project – too big for a single person or club - and that is why PARKES needs YOU
And this is why we want to bring the Parkes Community together so that Parkes as Region and its residents can benefit from this Hotair Ballooning and Advertisement opportunity.
A FULL Balloon with advertising and Flights as rewards is around $100,000 - so we rely on getting the remaining equipment from Balloonists who are also happy to fly the Balloon.
In a nutshell (see FAQs for more details)
Hotair Balloons can be seen for up to 20 km and where Hotair Balloons fly, people stop, watch, gather, bring lots of cameras and take photos – followed by social media posts and conversation. And whats in all of those photos – THE PARKES BRAND.
The Parkes Community Hotair Balloon will represent our dynamic town. Its existence will be living proof of Parkes’ vibrant and welcoming spirit.
The Parkes Balloon will be a standout promotion at events and general media (print and TV) love to include those gentle giants in their reporting – which give plenty of excellent and FREE “airtime (coverage)”.
When flown “at home” it serves the community by bringing joy to locals and visitors already in town.
Balloon operations are expected to bring passengers to town from surrounding areas such as Dubbo, Wellington, Orange, Bathurst, Cowra and Young – and of course from further away.
Visitors from other areas travelling through Parkes will put Parkes on their plan and interrupt their journey to participate in a flight and potentially stay a few days to do so.
The Parkes Hotair Balloon will have its own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts – so that sponsors can associate and link themselves to the Balloon, Passengers and events.
What is in it for you?
As a business, tourism operator, club or pub...
Expect more visitors coming to town
Associate your business with the Parkes Balloon by displaying Parkes Balloon accessories (e.g. caps and shirts) and promoting balloon flights.
Become a Sponsor with your business or product displayed on the Balloon / Basket which will feature in photos, social media, TV and Press.
Receive vouchers for Balloon Flights which you can use yourself or give to employees, family, customers, friends or as prizes for raffles.
As an individual you will....
Direclty benefit, depending on the $ value of your contribution. You will receive one of many gifts – ranging from accessories to Balloon Flights / Experiences.
You can also use the Balloon Flight vouchers for yourself or give them to family, friends, donate them to your club as prizes for raffles. Anything other than selling them.
The Vouchers are valid for flights in all areas where the Parkes Balloon flies and will also be accepted by associated Pilots / Operators.
That means that the flights can happen in other regions up and down the Eastcoast. We also have an affilliation with other balloons and pilots and the vouchers will be valid for flights with them.
A few facts about Ballooning
Anyone can BUY a Hotair Balloon – to FLY IT however, there is much more required. The Parkes Balloon will be professionally managed and operated:
That includes the registration with CASA the Australian regulator. Further needed as part of each Balloon Flight is:
– towing trailer / – towing vehicle - Basket - Burners - Gas Bottles - Fan - Flight Instruments – ground crew – retrieval driver – trained and approved pilots – insurances – operations management – bookings- and passenger management – ongoing maintenance / – propane gas – travel organisations – sponsor relations & event organisation and much much more.
A few facts about Hotair Balloons in Marketing
CONTACT US - call 0439 640 512 or use this form
(C) 2017 Parkes Hotair Balloon
contact: Christian Uhrig 0439 640 512