Police have a pretty clear message for anyone thinking of bringing a drone to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next week: “leave your drone at home”.
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski, also leading the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Security Operation, said “air exclusion zones” would be established around venues for the games, which commence next week.
"The bottom line is of course we're planning around every contingency for security of the Commonwealth Games,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“Yes there's concerns broadly, [and] internationally, around the use of drones, and this type of thing.
"Any details around the kinds of technology we would use is not something we'd discuss publicly other than to give the community assurance we're across this issue and that we have planning in place to be able to deal with this across the games and ensure their safety.
"We will make decisions around how we will protect those exclusion zones, including against unmanned aerial systems."
Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski added that all security risks would be considered and assessed in the same way, from the more extreme threats of terrorism, down to your regular punter flying a drone and simply “not being very smart about what they're doing”.
"We consider all our options and our ability to assess those risks,” he said.
“It's a rapidly evolving area of technology but I think we're in a good space to be able to deal with what we're dealing with.”