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Welcome to the open skies of Outback Queensland!

This growing drone, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), sector presents significant opportunities for remote and rural communities like Central West Queensland (CWQ). From tourism, to emergency responses, to land management – drones have a very real and practical application for our region. Untapped business potential is waiting with opportunities, including drone piloting, drone training facilities and hosting drone testing for Beyond Visual Line of Sight, all in demand – the sky’s the limit.

 The CWQ Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) has stepped up to play a key role in delivering opportunities in drones and technology, to help grow local capacity, attract investment and boost our region’s business potential.

 In collaboration with local landholders, business and councils, RAPAD’s initiatives to date have created a strong foundation for future development. This has included partnering with Barcaldine Regional Council to host the first ever remote drone event in Australia – Outback Aerodrone Symposium.

 The inaugural event held in 2018 firmly set CWQ on the path to becoming the leader of drone industry attraction and development in regional Australia. We are pleased to be hosting the Outback Aerodrone Symposium again in 2019.

 At a local level: the symposium helps enhance capacity within the region, providing information to the agriculture and local government sectors on integration of drones, through demonstrations and presentations from industry leaders.

 On a broader partnership and industry development level: the symposium provides a platform to promote CWQ as a drone testing site. Industry leaders including Insitu Pacific (a Boeing company) and IDS were in attendance in 2018, following previous visits to undertake testing and explore opportunities.

 RAPAD’s activities will continue to drive the message “we’re open for business” – positioning our region to government and industry as an attractive investment location for drone research and development activity.