According to The Age, one of Evoenergy’s maintenance drones believed to be worth almost $500,000 was shot down near Apollo Road as local landholders had not been notified of the surveying work.

An ACT Policing spokesman confirmed officers responded to the incident in Tennent about 2.15pm on Thursday, February 14.

“Investigations into this matter remain ongoing,” he said.

Andrew Geikie, who owns farmland not far from the incident, said he had seen an increased number of drones in the rural area in recent years.

Mr Geikie said farmers were generally wary of unannounced drones in case they were being used by criminals or animal activists to spy on their properties.

“We’ve found a few in the paddocks too, where people have obviously flown them out of range and crashed,” he said.

“From a farming perspective, I can understand being wary of drones, but I wouldn’t shoot one down.

“There are better ways to handle things.”

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