Jim Coyne checking one of the drones at last year's UAV Drone Challenge, which follows on from the Dalby Drone Forum.
Jim Coyne checking one of the drones at last year's UAV Drone Challenge, which follows on from the Dalby Drone Forum. Contributed

Forum will reach new heights

THIS YEAR'S drone forum on the Western Downs is shaping up as the largest yet.

Headlined by internationally renowned drone expert, Jim Coyne, the event aims to offer the most up-to-date information about how drones can be used in regional Australia.

Mr Coyne was the Australian representative and the former co-chair of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Unmanned Aircraft Systems Study Group from 2009-2014, where he helped steer the development of international standards for unmanned aircraft systems.

The forum, on Monday, September 24, at the Dalby Leagues Club, is limited to 350 attendees.

Western Downs councillor Donna Ashurst said, with drone technology advancing so rapidly, the forum provided the perfect opportunity to see what others were doing, and to look at future potential, particularly within the mining and agriculture industries.

"This forum is about exploring ground-breaking technology and embracing new innovations, in order to maximise the potential of drones in the agricultural, energy and data connectivity areas, and beyond,” Cr Ashurst said.

"Dalby is becoming the forefront of drone innovation in regional Australia, with recent use including aerial crop surveying, collecting soil samples and capturing high-quality aerial footage.”

The event is free and will run from 9am-5pm with registrations made via the council website, www.wdrc.qld.gov.au.


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