Launching drones from Council parks | Brisbane City Council

Launching drones from Council parks

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.

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

Several parks across Brisbane have been chosen to include designated areas for launching drones and other remotely piloted aircraft recreationally.  

You can launch and land 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
  • you are flying no earlier than 7am Monday to Saturday, or no earlier than 8am on Sundays and public holidays; and
  • your activities do 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.

Council has removed the requirement for propeller guards on drones as a trial.

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.

The launching and landing of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft from Council parkland is a restricted activity. Learn more about launching and landing drones from parks other than designated areas.

Parks with designated areas for launching drones

Designated areas for launching drones and other remotely piloted aircraft are provided 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 designated areas for launching drones

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

Launching drones from other Council parkland

You can launch and land drones and other remotely piloted aircraft from any Council parkland, 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
  • your activities do 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 launching and landing 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 launching and landing 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 launching and landing 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 operating 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 launching and landing of a drone from a Council park, Council consent may be required for the launching and landing of the drone as well.

Council consent is not required for residents or visitors filming or taking photos for personal purposes from a Council park, however if a drone is being used, Council consent may be required for the launching and landing of 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.

31 August 2018