According to The Age, an investigation is underway after an Evoenergy drone worth an estimated $500,000 was shot down near Canberra on 14 February while undertaking surveying works.
An ACT Policing spokesperson reportedly confirmed the incident in Tennent, ACT, just after 2pm on 14 February.
Evoenergy has not yet provided a statement, though its 2018 annual planning report suggests that the company was trialling the use of drones equipped with light detection and ranging technology in 2018, with further testing to be undertaken in 2019.
The remote surveying technology could capture data and photos from just 30m above the ground, allowing the company to inspect and monitor vegetation near power lines and other assets.
A farmer in rural ACT told The Age that he could understand locals’ concerns about a recent increase in drone presence in the area; however, he couldn’t understand why someone would “shoot one down”.
ACT Policing has urged anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers.
Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.
After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.