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Western Downs Regional Council hosts Senate Inquiry, as Drones set to fly over Dalby

13 March 2017

The Western Downs continues to be at the forefront of supporting and embracing emergent technology, as it hosts the Senate’s Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Inquiry into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone technology.

  • On Thursday, 16 March 2017 Dalby will host drone demonstrations and hearings, both open to the public, before the Senate Committee, which will be Chaired by Senator Glenn Sterle.
  • The Committee will hear submissions from 11 corporations and organisations which utilise drone technology for agricultural, commercial and emergency management purposes.
  • They will respond to the Committee’s investigation into the regulatory requirements that impact on the safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems and unmanned aerial systems.
  • Demonstrations of drone technology will take place at the Dalby Model Aero Club at 743 Cecil Plains Road, between 8am and 12.30pm, by ANDAIR, Flying Ag, Horizon Aus, Insitu Pacific, Ninox Robotics, Little Ripper Lifesaver, Telstra and Desert Channels Queensland.
  • Public hearings will commence from 1.30pm until 5pm, taking submissions from nine corporations and organisations and will be held at the Western Downs Regional Council Corporate Office, 30 Marble Street, Dalby.
  • The first panel discussion will focus on drone use for agriculture purposes and the second panel discussion will focus on commercial and other applications of drone technology.

Western Downs Regional Council Deputy Mayor Andrew Smith will make the welcoming address and officially open the afternoon public hearings.

“Western Downs Regional Council recognised early-on the value of drone technology to our region and we are delighted to host these critically important public hearings into drones for the Australian Senate’s Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee,” he said.

“We have a proud association with drone technology, having successfully hosted the drone forum here in Dalby in September last year.”

“The Western Downs has the picturesque plains and the wide open air space which is perfect for these demonstrations of advanced drone technology, from some of Australia’s leading proponents and early-adopters of drones.

“We appreciate the value, importance and increasing number of applications of drones across our region, not only for the agriculture and resource sectors which are at the heart of our economy, but also for road monitoring and maintenance, severe weather and emergency management as well as disaster recovery and reconnaissance.

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Media Contact:
Cr Andrew Smith | Spokesperson for Planning and Environment | 0438 755 896