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Innovation Forum to showcase latest in Drone technology

13 September 2016

ANDAIR representatives Chris Loadsman and David Wyman with Dalby State High School students Jazmin Short, Kate Saxelby and Camryn Marini.

ANDAIR representatives Chris Loadsman and David Wyman with Dalby State High School students Jazmin Short, Kate Saxelby and Camryn Marini.

This month Western Downs Regional Council are turning the drone opportunity into reality by playing host to a revolutionary Drone Industry Forum at the Dalby Showgrounds Pavilion on Monday 26 September, giving the agricultural sector, businesses and industries the opportunity to see first-hand the latest innovations in Drone technology in the here, now and future. 

  • The Dalby Drone Industry Forum is a free event, including a full-day program of presentations by key industry experts across the drone aviation sector;
  • Topics will include: the future of the drone industry; drone regulations; digital connectivity; managing operational risk; mapping; and drones ‘on the farm’ and at the ‘well head’;
  • Persons interested in drone technology, as well as those from key industries are encouraged to register their interest in attending by filling out our online form;
  • Dalby is also hosting the internationally recognised UAV Challenge Medical Express which will commence on Tuesday 27 September at the Dalby Aero Club, spectators are welcome.

Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst said the Dalby Drone Industry Forum is an exciting opportunity that you don’t want to miss.

“Today drones are being used for some remarkable needs, from helping our farmers do aerial surveys of crops, to assisting local government bodies with disaster management, as well as capturing high quality aerial footage of events and festivals,” she said.

“The greatest part of this forum is that this year it’s crossing into a new threshold, from what used to be a forum simply targeted towards the Conventional Aviation sector, to now embracing the future potential of drones in the Agricultural, Energy and Data Connectivity industries to name a few.”

Cr Ashurst said along with highlighting current drone applications the Forum will give attendees the opportunity to rub shoulders with key drone industry experts.

“Being able to host this type of forum in Dalby is a great boost of confidence in the growth of our key industries across the region. It showcases our thirst for future technologies and how our different sectors are not only embracing innovation but leading the charge in developing innovative ways to do business and provide services,” she said.

“This Forum is a great opportunity for our region’s thinkers, doers, and innovators to network with persons from across the aviation and non-conventional aviation sectors as well as shake hands with some of Australia’s leading experts.

“We’re excited to welcome 2015 Businesswoman of the Year Dr Catherine Ball, President of Australian Association for Unmanned Systems Reece Clothier, and from the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation Terry Martin to the forum along with speakers from CASA, the Queensland Government, QGC, and B&W Rural.

“The Forum is already proving to be very popular. So I strongly encourage anyone interested in attending to register by visiting Council’s website or calling 1300 COUNCIL before registrations close on Wednesday 21 September.”

The Dalby Drone Industry Forum will run from 9am to 5.30pm on Monday 26 September at the Dalby Showgrounds Pavilion, Nicholson Street. For more information or to register visit our webpage.

Forum proudly hosted by Western Downs Regional Council, in conjunction with the UAV Challenge, and in partnership with the Queensland Department of State Development and Regional Development Australia.

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Media Contact:
Cr Donna Ashurst | Spokesperson for Economic Development | 0475 268 207