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WOULD you drive eight hours
to Mildura or charter a
plane? The answer for 99
per cent of the Border's
population would be simple.
And local travellers are doing just that.
Border businesses and organisations
are reaping the time benefits thanks to the
professional crew at Smartair in Albury.
Steered under the watchful eye of Erik Mol,
businesses are choosing to charter flights rather
than take on the onerous task of driving many
hours for business meetings or appointments.
"Charter is certainly attractive because it means
getting to a destination directly," said Mr Mol.
"If passengers are looking at a three-hour plus
drive then to fly and get there in under an hour is
a very attractive option."
Mr Mol said this option became even more
attractive when passengers where looking at
a stopover in Melbourne or Sydney enroute to
"This takes that dog leg of out the trip for them,"
"Chartering a flight is safer, faster and
passengers can work enroute.
"It takes away the burden of travel for all
concerned and means they can get halfway
across the state in a matter of hours."
Mr Mol said businesses and organisations
were waking up to the fact that flying was a
more efficient option.
"Time is valuable --- particularly to those
members of an organisation that are in senior
roles --- so they don't want to be wasting time
driving to locations," he said.
"We are finding that passengers are collectively
doing work on board the plane saving more time."
Mr Mol said Smartair could fly to any location
in the country with a small airstrip.
Businesses, health professionals and industry
leaders are taking up the option to charter a flight.
But Mr Mol said it was not limited to
businesses with flights being chartered so
passengers can attend funerals, bull sales, and
joy flights to Lake Eyre --- as well as fishing trips
to Merimbula --- to name a few.
"We even flew the firies around over summer,"
Charters planes can comfortably seat between
three to eight passengers.
"I think we will be seeing more people taking
up this option in the future."
Save time and money
by buzzing off to your
next faraway meeting.
LESTER & Son Funeral Directors' Darren
Eddy has been awarded a prestigious
Mr Eddy was recognised as a master
funeral director at the Australian Funeral
Directors Association national conference
He is currently vice-president of the
Australian Funeral Directors Association
and received the award in recognition of
more than 20 year's funeral service and
contribution to the association including
holding down numerous official positions.
"Within the funeral industry it's a pretty big
deal," Mr Eddy said.
"The honour of master funeral director has
only been awarded 35 times in the Australian
Funeral Directors Association's 75-year history."
It is Mr Eddy's second major honour after
being the recipient of the "Chipper & Son"
scholarship soon after joining the industry in
the early 1990s.
He has also completed a certificate of
funeral management with honours.
North Albury-based Lester & Son is
operated by Mr Eddy and his wife Julie and
Andrew and Pauline Harbick.
Julie and Pauline are sisters and are the
daughters of Mike Egan, who took over
the business with his late wife Mary in the
Mr Eddy's win follows the recent back-to-
back success for Lester & Son in the Albury-
Wodonga chamber business awards in the
best medium-small business category.
● Smartair can fly from Albury to any location in the country with a small airstrip.
● Lester & Son director Darren Eddy
with fellow director Andrew Harbick.
Picture: KYLIE GOLDSMITH
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