Ipswich City Council will implement the use of drones in six operational areas including: asset management, disaster management, landfill and quarries, marketing and tourism, vegetation and pest management.

More areas for use will be considered in the future where operational savings and efficiencies could be achieved.

Ipswich Mayor and Works, Parks and Sports Committee Chairman Andrew Antoniolli said the drone program was one of 10 Smart City initiatives currently underway.

“The tender called for service providers in different categories including partial service and a partnership arrangement.

“The reason for these options was to enable the engagement of providers based on specific areas of expertise and the ability to train council staff in drone operations.

As predicted by many in the industry, the use of drones continues to spread across a range of industries from agriculture to government.pi