Drone trial deserves scrutiny

Member for Brindabella and Shadow Minister for Business Andrew Wall will today call on ACT Assembly members to support his motion to refer drone delivery services to the ACT Assembly’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee.

Issues arising from the trial of the drone delivery services in Bonython and other related matters will be the subject of a committee inquiry if the Assembly can agree to it.

“I have been listening to the people of Tuggeranong and heard strong arguments both for and against the current trial in Bonython,” Mr Wall said.

“Personally, I am very supportive of new innovation in the ACT and the fact that Canberra and indeed Tuggeranong, was selected to be the first trial site of the drone delivery technology is a great win for our city. However I am also aware of the angst and distress the trial is causing some residents of Bonython.

“The disturbance caused to these residents by the technology is real and significant for them – just as the convenience and accessibility of the technology is revolutionary for others. We need to be able to investigate all aspects of the technology to move forward in a productive way and ensure everyone gets to have their say.

“My idea of an Assembly committee inquiry is a solution to this and will provide a much needed avenue for the proponents of the current drone trial, Bonython residents and anyone else who is interested enough to share their views.

“I urge my colleagues in the Assembly to support this motion as a way forward for everyone who has a stake in the future of drone technology,” Mr Wall concluded.