Flying drones in Council parks

Several parks across Brisbane have been chosen to include designated areas for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft. These locations will be monitored as part of a six-month 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.

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. The CASA rules for flying drones are detailed on the CASA website.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulates the flying of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft when they are in the air. Brisbane City Council regulates the flying of these aircraft when they are being launched from and landed in Council land.

Parks in the trial

Selected areas in the following parks will be a part of the trial:

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

Trial timings

The trial will run for up to six months, starting in late December 2017. 

Parks not included in the trial

Individuals can fly drones and other remotely piloted aircraft from any Council park without Council consent if:

  • the drone is a children’s toy, or weighs less than 0.5 kg; or
  • the drone weighs less than 0.1kg when flown in Council parks located within 5.5km of the Brisbane Airport or Archerfield Airport*; and
  • the drone is being flown for recreational purposes; and
  • the drone is being flown in a manner that does not endanger, interfere with or cause nuisance to the park, park users or adjoining properties; and
  • the operator follows the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) safety rules for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft recreationally.

*CASA requires that drones and remotely piloted aircraft that weigh more than 0.1kg must not be flown within 5.5km of the Brisbane or Archerfield airports.

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.

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.

08 March 2018