Drone technology is giving Townsville City Council an edge in tackling recovery works after last year’s monsoon.
The council will use 3D and digital terrain modelling to plan projects and assess areas before, during and after works.
The drone operations are part of a broader environmental recovery program that includes vegetation and landscape assessments for riverbank restoration.
Community Safety and Environment Committee chair Margie Ryder said this was providing a new insight into wetlands and waterway management.
“Council is targeting three areas to map the impact of erosion along Ross River, the Rowes Bay Wetlands and Pallarenda foreshore,” Cr Ryder said.
“The project is an important part of our plan to learn more about our waterways and wetlands so we can make them more resilient.”
Division 10 councillor Les Walker said the council was continuing to examine the impact of last year’s weather event.
“Council has approval to use the drone to assess vegetation recovery since the unprecedented monsoon last year,” Cr Walker said
“Mangroves are an important part of the eco-system so staff are reviewing areas that were inundated by fresh water.
“The drone will give the team access to real-time data including video, maps and 3D and digital terrain models.”