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Logan City first in Queensland to experience delivery by drone

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Drone delivery being tested in the US state of Virginia in June. Drone delivery being tested in the US state of Virginia in June. Supplied

Residents of two suburbs in Logan City will be the first in Queensland to be able to receive delivery of goods by drones from Project Wing, an initiative of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. The suburbs covered are Crestmead and Marsden, as part of the company's Early Flyer Program, and deliveries will begin this month.

A statement from Project Wing said consumers in Logan could use the Wing app to order hot coffee, fresh eggs and milk, roast chickens and hardware from three outlets: ​ Extraction Artisan Coffee​, Friendly Grocer Crestmead​, and Browns Plains Hardware​.

Logan City is a local government area south of the Brisbane metropolitan area.

As iTWire has reported, deliveries to north Canberra from select outlets began in April, with 100 homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin being the beneficiaries.

“We’re excited to be bringing our fast, safe and environmentally friendly service to South East Queensland,” said Wing chief executive James Ryan Burgess.

“Our service helps busy parents who’ve forgotten to pick up a bottle of milk, hosts who need a meal for guests that pop around on short-notice, or weekend DIYers who need the right drill bit to complete their project.”

Queensland's Innovation Minister Kate Jones said: "Today’s launch of Wing’s drone delivery service to Logan residents is another feather in Queensland’s cap.

"Being able to take advantage of drone deliveries will not only mean greater convenience for consumers but will also allow businesses to capitalise on the opportunities provided by technological advancements.”

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