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Local Government Seminar: Use of drones by Councils for enforcement and regulatory purposes

With the proliferation of drones and the improvements in technology, Russell Kennedy is finding that there is an increasing level of enquiries from Councils with regard to legal issues concerning the use of drones.


This seminar will cover the use of drones by Councils for enforcement and regulatory purposes:

  • the legal framework
  • risks
  • practical considerations

A number of Councils have already purchased drones or are contemplating the purchase of a drone for enforcement and regulatory purposes.

This presentation provides an overview of the legal context, risks to both the officer operating the drone and the Council and some practical considerations relevant to the use of drones.

It will also cover relevant considerations as to the use and veracity of evidence obtained by way of drones.

This seminar is aimed for local government officers who may already be using drones in the course of their work, officers who may be contemplating the purchase of a drone and managers responsible for the enforcement and regulatory functions of councils.


Ian Pridgeon


Ian Pridgeon is a Principal and the Team Leader of the Government, Planning and Environment team at Russell Kennedy.  Ian has over 20 years’ experience in relation to local government regulatory enforcement matters.
Ian, who holds an unrestricted private pilot’s licence, has a keen interest in the aviation industry, having been involved in aerial fire-fighting operations and designing as well as constructing drones from the beginnings of the development of the critical technologies. Ian is also a CASA licensed drone pilot.

Marcus Heath


Marcus Heath, a Senior Associate with Russell Kennedy, is highly experienced in relation to prosecution and regulatory enforcement matters for local government.
Marcus is the primary “go to person” within the Government, Planning and Environment team for matters relating to prosecutions, court procedural matters and evidentiary matters.

Seminar details

Monday 20 November 2017

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, including afternoon tea

Russell Kennedy, Level 12, 469 La Trobe Street Melbourne

RSVP here by Wednesday 15 November 2017.

This seminar is free to attend, but bookings are essential.

If you have any questions, please email Bridget at seminars@rk.com.au.

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