Drones for re­gion on wish list

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil is go­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity of pur­chas­ing drones for the re­gion.

At the Septem­ber coun­cil meet­ing, Coun­cil­lor Faye Whe­lan said as there was some Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia money left in the kitty, she thought the coun­cil could come up with a project that met the depart­ment’s cri­te­ria for the use of the money.

“It would be good to keep the funds in the com­mu­nity for ben­e­fits across all sec­tors of the coun­cil busi­ness and dur­ing dis­as­ter events,” Cr Whe­lan said.

Her pro­posal was to buy drones for each of the towns

“In dis­as­ters we are sep­a­rated by so many flooded creeks,” she said.

“These would be an as­set to gain a pic­to­rial view of what is hap­pen­ing dur­ing a dis­as­ter event and use­ful for record­ing dam­age of in­fra­struc­ture of NDRRA claims.

“I truly believe it would be money well spent.”

Cr Whe­lan said the $24,000 would be ad­e­quate to pur­chase drones, along with train­ing staff.

“In a bush­fire they could show the per­spec­tive of where the smoke is,” she said.

“An­other ex­am­ple would be tourist pro­mo­tion and wa­ter­ing of sports field to see if ir­ri­ga­tion water was miss­ing.”

PHOTO: CHRIS ISON

NEW TECH: North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil would like to pur­chase drones for each town.

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