Standing up for Canberra

90 Second Statement: Community Feedback On Drones

A commercial drone operated by Evo Energy was recently shot down over a rural property, actually it was across the weekend - it was that recent.  

Now the wariness and distrust of drones by rural property owners is shared by Bonython residents – Bonython residents in my electorate, in response to Project Wing’s drone delivery trial.


But at least none of Wing’s drones were shot down.  Instead, two of them fell from the sky for no reason, but they weren’t actually shot down.


Now a local community group, Bonython Against Drones, presented a petition of 1,024 signatures to the ACT Legislative Assembly. Remember Deputy Speaker, there are 1,685 households in Bonython. 


And this result was replicated in larger surveys from the Canberra Times, the RiotAct and Canberra’s ABC Radio.


In December, the Canberra Times published a poll canvassing a broader range of people than Bonython residents.


The result was 68 percent against drones, 17 percent for and 15 percent unsure. 


The RiotAct’s online poll on the delivery drone services showed 66 percent of respondents said “Keep them out of my backyard”.


ABC Radio’s poll on 13 February with 793 participants showed 65 percent were against the drone delivery trial, or the service in general.

It’s clear there’s disturbing lack of regulation on this issue and we need more investigation.