Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sky Survey and Spray

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sky Survey and Spray

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DRONES are being considered by Mid North Coast councils to help more accurately map the spread of weeds across the region.

Council weed officers from Coffs Harbour to Tamworth and New England met in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday to discuss the next stage of their plan to combat the spread of the tropical soda apple weed.

The meeting involved a demonstration drone flight on Annuka Beach to highlight its ability to monitor large land masses.

Weeds officer for the New England Weeds Authority, Josh Biddle was behind the controller and said drone technology has a lot of potential to help map the tropical soda apple weed in hard-to-access places.

Three years ago, Josh recognised the potential for drones to assist in identifying weed infestations after collaborating with a videographer to obtain aerial footage for a video production.

"I quickly saw the potential to see weeds in rugged and remote areas, not specifically finding a patch and flying over it and videoing it but we'd go into hard-to-access areas with them. …

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