Council launches drones in parks

Brisbane residents will now be able to launch, operate and land drones weighing up to two kilograms at 10 parks across the city, as part of a Brisbane City Council trial.

Chairman for Environment, Parks and Sustainability Cr David McLachlan said flying drones was becoming an increasingly popular activity, and the six-month trial would provide more opportunities for recreational drone users to spread their wings.

“As drones become increasingly popular, Council is receiving a growing number of queries about where residents can go to fly their drones recreationally,” Cr McLachlan said.

“By trialling dedicated drone areas across the city, we are helping to balance Brisbane residents’ different lifestyle and leisure activities.

“The Civil Aviation Safety Authority sets clear guidelines for the safe use of drones and model aircraft and Council has thoroughly assessed and chosen these trial sights based on their requirements.”

Drones up to 500 grams can already be flown within Civil Aviation Safety Authority guidelines without the need for consent, however this trial will now allow drones up to two kilograms to be flown in the designated areas.

The trial sites will be located in the following parks:

  • The Common Park, Cambridge Street Coorparoo, The Gabba Ward
  • Preston Road Park, Kate Street Carina, Doboy Ward
  • Carindale Recreation Reserve, Bedivere Street Carindale, Chandler Ward
  • Canterbury Park, Rushworth Street Bald Hills, Bracken Ridge Ward
  • Lacey Rd Park, Roghan Road Carseldine, Bracken Ridge Ward
  • Wishart Community Park, Kavanagh Road Wishart, Macgregor Ward
  • Voyager Drive Park, Pioneer Drive Kuraby, Runcorn Ward
  • Cliveden Park, Moorfields Street Fig Tree Pocket, Walter Taylor Ward
  • Moggill Ferry Reserve, Moggill Road Moggill, Pullenvale Ward
  • Keperra Picnic Ground Park, Tramway Street Ferny Grove, The Gap Ward

Cr McLachlan said Council would closely monitor the sites and re-evaluate in six months’ time to determine whether the sites are suitable for this purpose on an ongoing basis.

“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.

“I thank the community for their participation as we carry out this trial and encourage them to contact Council if they have any queries or feedback.”