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We love to share photos, videos and different perspectives of Centennial Parklands but today we have something really special for you!

Earlier this month, we trialled a new method of tree assessment and environmental monitoring across the Parklands using a CASA controlled and licenced Octocopter, operated by experienced pilots from Hoverscape.

Why are we trialling this new method?

Aerial monitoring and assessment of Centennial Parklands will allow our experienced staff to carry out environmental monitoring, tree assessments, and project planning using aerial photography and videography, which has not been possible in the past.

The first trial involved an aerial survey of Centennial Park’s Lachlan Swamp, which is home to Sydney’s largest grey-headed flying fox colony. Regular tree assessment and environmental monitoring is required in this area to ensure the ongoing health and sustainability of our ecosystems as bat colony numbers fluctuate with the seasons.

The specialist Hoverscape team, as well as members of our experienced arborist team, captured never-before seen images of the Swamp’s trees, landscape, and recorded the GPS locations of these trees using this new technology. Our aborist team were able to view the images in real time, using special glasses, as the Octocopter flew above the area being surveyed (see image below).

Before you see these amazing images, it’s important for us to point out that Octocopters, drones and motorised toys are not permitted for personal use in Centennial Parklands as they could pose a risk to park visitors. Special permission was granted for this trial to proceed.

We hope you enjoy these images from the first trial including a fly-over video (it’s only 56 secs) for a breathtaking view of Centennial Park that you have never seen before!

Sweeping views of Moore Park and Sydney city

Sweeping views of Moore Park and Sydney city

 

Views across Loch Avenue South and Bondi Junction

Views across Loch Avenue South and Bondi Junction

 

Aerial view over Lachlan Swamp's Lily Pond and bridge

Aerial view over Lachlan Swamp’s Lily Pond and bridge

The specialist Hoverscape team to the left, and Centennial Parklands Senior Arborist Ted Hoare experiencing a birds eye view of the swamp on the right.

On the left is the specialist Hoverscape team and to the right is Centennial Parklands’ Senior Arborist Ted Hoare experiencing a birds eye view of Centennial Park’s Lachlan Swamp

 

We hope you enjoy this different perspective of the Parklands….

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