In an Australian first, Brisbane City Council has launched ten designated ‘drone zones’ across the city.
Launched as part of a six month trial, the ‘drone zones’ will allow people to recreationally fly drones weighing up to 2kg at designated parks in Brisbane.
Speaking to the Courier Mail, Local Government Association of Queensland head Greg Hallam said he believed this was the first time a local council had set aside designated parks for drone use.
“We’re conscious that there are privacy issues in this space that need to be considered, as well as risk and insurance considerations for councils allowing residents to use drones in public areas in this way,” he said.
“Trials like this one are an important way to understand public appetite for drones, work with the relevant authorities to monitor their use and to provide leanings that would benefit local government in the long term.”
Taking Off – Drones Across Australia
There are estimated to be more than 50,000 recreational drones currently within Australia. According to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, as of July 2017 there were some 5870 Australian holders of remotely piloted aircraft licences (RePLs) as well as more than 1100 remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ReOC) holders.
CASA last year estimated that there were at least 50,000 drones being operated around Australia — with the vast majority being piloted by recreational users who are required to hold neither an RePL nor an ReOC.
Where To Fly – Parks In The Trial
According to Brisbane City Council, designed ‘drone zones’ are being trialled in the following parks:
|Park name||Street name||Suburb
|The Common Park||Cambridge Street||Coorparoo
|Preston Road Park||Kate Street||Carina
|Carindale Recreation Reserve||Bedivere Street||Carindale
|Canterbury Park||Rushworth Street||Bald Hills
|Lacey Road Park||Roghan Road||Carseldine
|Wishart Community Park||Kavanagh Road||Wishart
|Voyager Drive Park||Pioneer Drive||Kuraby
|Cliveden Park||Moorfields Street||Fig Tree Pocket
|Moggill Ferry Reserve||Moggill Road||Moggill
|Keperra Picnic Ground Park||Tramway Street||Ferny Grove
An Australian First
The Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) confirmed to the Courier Mail that Brisbane was believed to be the first council in Australia to undertake the initiative.
Brisbane Councillor David McLachlan said the trial would be re-evaluated after six months to determine whether it should be continued permanently.
“We’re committed to not only delivering world class open spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy, but also assisting in the sharing of these areas wherever possible,” he said.