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Drone flight spotlights generator safety

The head of one of Queensland’s largest government-owned power providers has revealed a person was referred to police and the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority after a drone was flown over one of its generators.

Stanwell Corporation chief executive Richard Van Breda told state budget estimates hearings the person was detected flying a drone over its power station near Rockhampton, in central Queensland, earlier this month.

“In accordance with our standard processes we advised ASIO, the matter was reported to local police and also the Civil Aviation Safety Authority,” he said on Thursday.

“As a result of that event we believe CASA will be conducting further investigations of the drone activity.”

Mr Van Breda said the company had strict standards in place to maintain the security of its power generators, which were “vitally important” to the integrity of the national electricity network.

Acting Energy Minister Curtis Pitt commended Stanwell on its handling of the issue.

“These are critica…

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