Flying drones in Council parks

Several parks across Brisbane have been chosen to include designated areas for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft recreationally. These areas are being monitored as part of a trial and reviewed regularly.

You can fly your aircraft in the designated areas if the following conditions are met:

  • you are flying for recreational purposes; and
  • your aircraft weighs no more than 2 kg; and
  • your aircraft is electric; and
  • your aircraft has propeller guards (drones only); and
  • you are flying no earlier than 7am Monday to Saturday, or no earlier than 8am on Sundays and public holidays; and
  • you are flying in a manner that does not endanger, interfere with or cause nuisance to the park, park users or adjoining properties; and
  • you follow Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) safety rules for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft recreationally at all times.

The flying of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft in Australia is regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) through the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101. 

CASA regulates the flying of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft when they are in the air. The CASA rules for flying drones recreationally are detailed on the CASA droneflyer website. These rules are designed to protect other people, both in the air and on the ground. These rules must be followed at all times, even when you are flying from Council parklands.

As the land owner/manager, Brisbane City Council regulates the launching and landing of these aircraft from Council land.

The flying of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft from Council parkland outside the designated areas, is a restricted activity. Learn more about flying drones in parks not included in the trial.

Parks in the trial

Designated areas are being trialled in the following parks:

Park name Street Name Suburb Designated area
The Common Park Cambridge Street Coorparoo View the designated area for The Common Park (Word - 343kb)
Preston Road Park Kate Street Carina View the designated area for Preston Road Park (Word - 296kb)
Carindale Recreation Reserve Bedivere Street Carindale View the designated area for Carindale Recreation Reserve (Word - 518kb)
Canterbury Park Rushworth Street Bald Hills View the designated area for Canterbury Park (Word - 465kb)
Lacey Road Park Roghan Road Carseldine View the designated area for Lacey Road Park (Word - 450kb)
Wishart Community Park Kavanagh Road Wishart View the designated area for Wishart Community Park (Word - 551kb)
Voyager Drive Park Pioneer Drive Kuraby View the designated area for Voyage Drive Park (Word - 350kb)
Cliveden Park Moorfields Street Fig Tree Pocket View the designated area for Cliveden Park (Word - 397kb)
Moggill Ferry Reserve Moggill Road Moggill View the designated area for Moggill Ferry Reserve (Word - 365kb)
Keperra Picnic Ground Park Tramway Street Ferny Grove View the designated area for Keperra Picnic Ground Park (Word - 325kb)

Map of areas suitable for flying drones

View the trial designated areas for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft using the map. Select the icons to find out more information about the park location.

Parks not included in the trial

You can fly drones and other remotely piloted aircraft from any Council parkland, other than the trial designated areas, without Council consent if:

  • you are flying for recreational purposes; and
  • your aircraft is a children’s toy, or weighs less than 0.5 kg*; and
  • you are flying no earlier than 7am Monday to Saturday, or no earlier than 8am on Sundays and public holidays; and
  • you are flying in a manner that does not endanger, interfere with or cause nuisance to the park, park users or adjoining properties; and
  • you follow CASA's safety rules for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft recreationally at all times; and
  • the park area is freely available for public use and not part of a site that is managed by another organisation, such as a sporting club or community group.

*CASA rules override this in some locations, for example, within 5.5km of an aerodome or helicopter landing site. Check the CASA droneflyer website or their 'Can I fly there?' drone safety app for details.

All other flying of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft from Council parks is a ‘restricted activity’ under Council’s Public Lands and Council Assets Local Law 2014 (PLACA) and can only be undertaken in designated areas or with Council consent.

Council may issue consent for flying a drone or other remotely piloted aircraft from a Council park either as part of an event (e.g. filming) or on its own (e.g. training, racing).

Council will only consider issuing consent for flying a drone or other remotely piloted aircraft from a Council park if:

  • the proposed location is considered suitable; and
  • the operator can supply current public liability insurance to the value of $20,000,000 per occurrence, which specifically relates to the activity of flying a drone; and either
  • where the drone weighs less than 2 kg; the operator will follow CASA’s Standard Operating Conditions; or
  • where the drone weighs 2 kg or more; the operator has a current remote pilot licence (RePL) and/ or drone operator’s certificate (ReOC) issued by CASA; and
  • the operator can confirm they understand and will follow CASA rules for flying drones.

You can apply to Council for consent by completing and submitting the online park consent/booking application form.

You are encouraged to make your application at least five working days before your activity or event.

Filming

Filming and taking photos for commercial purposes, including student filming, from a Council park requires Council consent.

Where the filming involves the flying of a drone, Council consent is required for both the filming and the flying of a drone.

Filming consent is not required for residents or visitors using a drone for personal filming or photos in a Council park, however you may still require consent to use the drone.

Noise nuisance

Council can regulate for noise nuisance generated by the flying of drones from or over a Council park under the Environment Protection Act.

Complaints should be referred to Council’s call centre on 07 3403 8888.

Breaches of CASA rules for flying

Drone operators must follow the CASA rules for flying drones at all times. Any breaches of CASA rules for flying from or over a Council park are enforceable by CASA.

Complaints should be referred to CASA.

Privacy issues

Council cannot regulate the privacy issues that may arise from the flying of drones from or over a Council park.

Complaints should be referred to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

More information

For more information about flying drones around Brisbane phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

25 June 2018