For ag tech to soar

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Technology -

whole life liv­ing and work­ing on farms and cat­tle sta­tions in north­ern and east­ern Aus­tralia.

The best thing about tak­ing snap­shots from chop­pers, she said, was get­ting to sit be­side the chop­per pi­lot and hear­ing about their knowl­edge of the prop­erty.

But the au­ton­omy drones of­fered was priceless.

“For me, there are so many pho­tos I would have taken if I had a drone. I see my pic­tures as his­tor­i­cal records and there are some things that have now van­ished I would have cap­tured if I’d had a drone,” she said.

Ms Lake joked that she never ex­pected her­self to be­come an ag-tech in­struc­tor.

She started teach­ing when she saw there was a need for bet­ter in­for­ma­tion.

Ear­lier this year she was one of 10 win­ners of the Global Women to Watch in UAS (drones) Award.

She was also a Queens­land fi­nal­ist in the AgriFu­tures Ru­ral Women’s Award.

Next year she is set to tackle more work­shops, and is happy to hear from any in­dus­try or com­mu­nity groups that are keen to learn.

Visit www.fion­alake.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

❝Women

don’t care if it makes noises and lights up. They want to know if it will make them money, if it will save them time and if it will make their prop­erty safer.

— Fiona Lake

PHO­TOS: FIONA LAKE

TOP SHOT: Fiona Lake says aerial pho­tos, like this one of Brunette Downs in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, are like his­tor­i­cal records.

Bur­dekin ir­ri­gation area in North Queens­land.

Cordillo Downs in South Aus­tralia.

Wal­la­man Falls in Far North Queens­land.

Cordillo Downs in South Aus­tralia.

The Ather­ton Table­lands in Far North Queens­land.

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