Dalby is set to host the Senate’s Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Inquiry into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone technology this Thursday.
The date will include drone demonstrations as well as hearings before the committee, which will be chaired by Senator Glenn Sterle.
“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,” Deputy Mayor Andrew Smith 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.
Public hearings will run 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.
Demonstrations of drone technology will take place at the Dalby Model Aero Club at 743 Cecil Plains Rd, between 8am and 12.30pm, by ANDAIR, Flying Ag, Horizon Aus, Insitu Pacific, Ninox Robotics, Little Ripper Lifesaver, Telstra and Desert Channels Queensland.