Council gives drone trial permanent launch clearance

In an Australian first, Brisbane City Council has completed a six-month trial of designated areas in 10 parks across the city for launch and landing of recreational drones.

Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman Cr David McLachlan said Council’s trial, which began in December 2018, was in response to increasing demand from hobbyists and highlighted Council’s commitment to creating more lifestyle and leisure opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“As part of Council’s commitment to create more to see and do in Brisbane, we’ve provided launch and landing sites at 10 large parks across the city to accommodate the growing number of drone users,” Cr McLachlan said.

“Council has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from its trial of 10 sites and hundreds of people have been taking advantage of these designated areas to take off land their drones that are up to 2kg.”

“More than 700 people provided feedback to Council following the trial and 80 per cent of those support Council in providing spaces in parks for the launch and landing of drones.

“After reviewing the current locations, Council has determined the current sites will remain available to drone users and Council will look to additional sites that could be leased by clubs for drone racing and fixed-wing aircraft activities.”

Cr McLachlan said that while Council provided locations for drones to be launched and landed, regulations for drone activities during flight were governed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

“Although the Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulate the flying of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft while they are in the air, Council regulates the launching and landing of these aircraft from Council land, including parks,” he said.

“Council’s announcement today will allow users to continue to launch and land drones between 500g to 2kg in weight at these ten sites.

“Mini-drones that are less than 500g can be launched from any Council park, so long as users comply with CASA restrictions, flight-restricted areas for the Brisbane Airport, Archerfield Airport and helipads.”

The designated areas for launching drones are 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 and Keperra Picnic Ground Park.

For more information about regulations about where drones can be launched and landed in Brisbane parks, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.