GREATER Hume Council has jumped on board to use the latest technology as a tool for controlling blackberries.
Yamaha Sky Division Australia unveiled its unmanned helicopter yesterday at day one of the NSW Weeds Conference at Corowa’s RSL Club.
The technology is new to Australia and will enable contractors and franchisees to maintain land and crops remotely, from the air.
The Yamaha RMAX is a remote controlled helicopter designed specifically for the agricultural industry.
“It’s not competitive for full crop dusting, but its market is tackling steep and undulating areas of terrain,” Yamaha’s Mike Johnson said.
“It ticks all the boxes for councils because it removes the OH and S risk and is more efficient as it can do weeks worth of work in a matter of days.”
Mr Johnson said the Greater Hume Shire had already booked the helicopter to control blackberries in areas around Holbrook.
“We are doing commercial works at the moment but we are looking at getting some franchises going,” he said.
Weed experts from government, business and academic backgrounds converged at the conference yesterday, which is regarded as the premier event in NSW to discuss noxious and environmental weeds.
It runs until tomorrow, with a 20-minute demonstration of the helicopter from 8am today.
Yamaha will also display at the Henty Machinery Field Days next week.