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A drone on your backyard

By Paul Costigan - 12 May 2017 26

A curious thing happened in Dickson on Thursday this week. A neighbour was talking to a friend in his backyard when they became aware of a noise above them.

To their surprise, they saw that a drone was sitting above them, with what looked like a camera pointing down at them. They walked out onto the street and spotted a couple watching the skyline where the drone was flying.

The annoyed neighbour walked down the street and asked what was going on. They were told that the guy was from a real estate agency and the other person was a photographer with clearance (permission) to fly over people’s houses – backyards.

By now they were joined by another neighbour who had heard the noise and came to see for herself what was happening.

In the conversation that followed, the real estate agency rep and their photographer insisted that what they were doing was normal, that they had been doing this (flying over neighbourhoods) for six months and that this was the first time anyone had objected. To which was replied, “maybe this because no-one knows this is what you are doing?”

Part of the justification was that there was the prospect of a sale by the real estate agency in this street. But at this point there was no such sale – and more to the point – which was not answered, why were they flying the drone over peoples’ backyards up and down the whole street?

Since the incident, a couple of other neighbours have asked what that noise was all about – and to put it politely, they are not happy.

Yes we have all accepted Google and My Maps – being images of neighbourhoods taken using satellites; we have accepted the electricity authority flying helicopters around the neighbourhood to check on trees near lines; and real estate agents using drones on houses that are for sale – but real estate agents and their contractors flying drones over everyone’s backyards? Is that a line too far? Why do they need to do that?

The conversation around here is just how much of this style of intrusion should we accept.

We have sent an email through to the real estate agency – so we will see what they say.

Your thoughts?

Has anyone else experienced something similiar?

What’s Your opinion?


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dungfungus 2:27 pm 24 May 17

dungfungus said :

Lucy Baker said :

What is legal that would shoot it down?

While there are plenty of legal things that shoot they cannot be legally discharged in your backyard or “a public place”.

A boomerang would be OK I guess but the best way would be t jam their radio control which is probably illegal too.

Some agencies are training birds of prey to attack them and retrieve them.

More about what I was saying:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-05-24/wedge-tailed-eagle-takes-down-drone-over-wa-wheat-farm/8554120

Great video in this article.

Power to the wedge tails!

Holden Caulfield 3:09 pm 23 May 17

I’m not saying there’s no broader issues to be considered with the use of drones, but in the case of the real estate agency in this post, might I suggest people get over their own egos and calm the farm. In your rush to be outraged have you considered that, in all likelihood, nobody is actually interested in your backyard?

dungfungus 8:15 pm 22 May 17

Lucy Baker said :

What is legal that would shoot it down?

While there are plenty of legal things that shoot they cannot be legally discharged in your backyard or “a public place”.

A boomerang would be OK I guess but the best way would be t jam their radio control which is probably illegal too.

Some agencies are training birds of prey to attack them and retrieve them.

Lucy Baker 7:43 pm 22 May 17

What is legal that would shoot it down?

Maya123 7:30 pm 22 May 17

wags said :

Would you consider it an invasion of privacy if a neighbour built a two story house overlooking your backyard? ACT planning laws allow it, so by precedent, bring on the drones.

I personally likely wouldn’t worry about that. I would hope they liked the garden. But I would object if the house blocked the sun. Privacy (of the garden) is less of an issue.

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