Looking to create an exciting future with drones
Fraser Coast is well positioned to become a leader in the rapidly evolving world of drones. It’s an economic growth area that will create jobs which today we can only imagine. For now, what we do know is that a lot of new jobs in five, 10 or 20 years to come will relate to drones.
The 2017 Queensland Government Drone Strategy quotes a 2016 report by Goldman Sachs that estimates potential drone market opportunities for consumer drones to reach US$17 billion by 2020, and the commercial and civil drone market to reach US$13 billion by 2020.
Recognising the potential of drones, Fraser Coast Regional Council wants to be at the forefront of developing and servicing the technology to deliver long-term economic and community benefits for our region. Therefore, we are encouraging local entrepreneurs to embrace the many opportunities that will surface in years to come.
Building on Maryborough’s renowned engineering and manufacturing excellence dating from the 1860s, Council wants to establish the city as a Drones Centre of Excellence. With 5700 businesses already registered across the Fraser Coast, that number has the potential to expand rapidly with various drone-related activities.
Drones range in size from hobbyist models now on the market to flying cars, also known as Personal Mobility Vehicles (PMV). In June 2017, Global media company Forbes reported flying cars were close to moving from fiction to reality: “In the past five years, at least eight companies have conducted their first flight tests and several more are expected to follow suit, which is indicative of the frenzied activity in this space.”
Meanwhile, Council could use sooner-to-be-developed drones for tree inspections, weed control, road analysis, security and even inspecting the condition of screws on piers and bridges. Applications could also fan out to scientific marine research and protection of dugongs and sea grasses.
Already, Maryborough State High School is planning to run drone courses in 2018 and more local schools are expected to take on drone technology as part of their curriculum in the next few years.
This is a space we’re definitely heading and Council is looking for community input. It’s an exciting venture as we forge ahead. We will be part of the drone industry.
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