Brisbane City Council Makes 10 'Drone Zones' Permanent
Brisbane, get ready to drop into the drone zone.
For the past six months Brisbane City Council has been trialing designated drone fly zones across the suburbs.
And it's had soaring success.
Ten parks and recreational reserves will now have permanent areas where avid flyers can launch and land their drones safely.
"There's more than 100 thousand drone operators in Australia at the moment, and most of those are recreational so there's a big demand in the community to fly drones," said Brisbane Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner.
"The drones are coming, they are going to be bigger in the future so by doing this trial it made sure the community had some input."
Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman David McLachlan says it was also a chance to keep up with trends.
"One of the things that other Councils did elsewhere was to simply ban them, they said you can't fly drones in our parks. We took an alternate approach and said how do we work with the community?"
More than 700 people provided feedback to Council following the trial, and 80 percent supported the zones.
"My reaction, firstly when they said 10 trial zones I was over the moon and now to have them permanent, it's a dream come true, for all of us down here who fly our planes and drones." Says enthusiast Steve Gilbert.
"It now gives people a place to fly safely, to fly within the law."
Drones weighing between 500 grams and two kilos can be launched from any of the 10 sites.
Operators must still follow the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Rules.
"Drones are not going away, to integrate them into society and everyone will be happy," said Gibbs.
Drone Zone Locations
- The Common Park in Coorparoo
- Preston Road Park in Carina
- Carindale Recreation Reserve
- Canterbury Park in Bald Hills
- Lacey Road Park in Carseldine
- Wishart Community Park
- Voyager Drive Park in Kuraby
- Cliveden Park in Fig Tree Pocket
- Moggill Ferry Reserve
- Keperra Picnic Ground Park