Barcy vision from on high
CENTRAL Western Queensland is poised for take off as a mecca for international drone testing.
The Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) will kick off its plan to make the region a centre for drone testing as it hosts regional Australia’s first ever drones symposium in Barcaldine from August 11 – 12, 2018.
The Outback Aerodrone Symposium will attract the latest in drones and data technology, with a program including industry experts, hands-on demonstrations, and a trade show.
RAPAD CEO David Arnold said the event would also launch RAPAD’s vision for an outback aerodrone program, to position the region to be the choice location to host national and global players in Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone testing.
“Outback Aerodrone 2018 provides a fantastic opportunity to meet and listen to some of Australia’s leading drone and data experts right here in our region,” Mr Arnold said.
“From agriculture, to emergency services, to infrastructure, drone technologies provide opportunities to support our communities and provide services like never before.
“We’ve had great success in delivering start up weekends and digital training across the region, and our technology precinct at Westech was buzzing last year, further demonstrating that people are already doing amazing things and there’s a strong appetite for more,” he said.
“The clear, open skies and light hours of Outback Queensland are all part of what makes our region a great draw-card for the world’s drone businesses and enthusiasts.
RAPAD Chair, Cr Rob Chandler said leading the way with these technologies meant that region could be on the front foot to deliver many benefits to the local economy, skills capacity and jobs.
“The Central West is a place where everyone is ready to give it a go and technology is breaking down barriers in many areas - it’s an exciting time as we realise the significant amount of untapped potential we have here,” Cr Chandler said.
“Technology and the Digital Economy is one of RAPAD’s priority areas, and this event is delivering on our commitment to ensure individuals, businesses and communities are ready to take advantage of what’s available.
“Technology solutions such as drones are already on the radar or in use for many people in our region – generating local expertise, new businesses and jobs.
“By bringing together industry leaders and professionals from across the sector, the sky really is the limit for what attendees can get out of this.”
The Outback Aerodrone Symposium will be held at Gregory Park, just out of Barcaldine, with bus transfers available. Registrations are now open. Find out more at outbackaerodrone.com.au.
HIGH EYE: Barcaldine will host an Aerodrone Symposium in August, part of a push to develop Queensland's central west as a drone testing hub.
The Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) drone and technology sector networks are helping deliver a strong line-up of speakers for the Symposium. Pictured at the World of Drones Congress, from left, Morgan Gronold, RAPAD Senior Regional Development Manager; confirmed Symposium speaker Pieter Van Jaarsveld, CEO at IDS Australasia; David Arnold, RAPAD CEO; and Kristine Arnold, RAPAD.