A high tech solution to patrol vast areas of council-owned sport complexes and conservation estates has also produced stunning video of rarely seen parts of rural Ipswich
Now a sought after consumer item, drones have brought immediate benefits to Ipswich City Council in its management of council-owned assets.

Ipswich First has been given exclusive access to some of the panoramic views captured during two years of operations.

The vision captures Willowbank Raceway during the setup of CMC Rocks and the natural bushland beauty of Ipswich’s conservation estates.

Their use has enabled better planning and most cost effective solutions. Tasks that would have taken days can now be completed in a few hours.

Drones can inspect previously hard to get to areas, particularly in conservation estates. They are used in various roles including vegetation and pest management.

Closer to the ground time and money can be saved inspecting buildings and bridges for signs of cracks or rust.

Preventive maintenance can be scheduled in a timely manner, again saving money over the long term.

In times of natural disaster a drone can be used to fly over flooded areas when it is not possible for SES volunteers to enter.

Ipswich City Council introduced the Enviroplan levy in 1997 and has since progressively purchased over 7,000 hectares of reserves and conservation estates including some of the biggest local nature reserves in Queensland.

Flinders Plum and White Rock conservation estates form part of the largest continuous corridor of bushland in southeast Queensland – the Flinders Karawatha corridor.

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