Abstract: Barcaldine Regional Council and RAPAD are breaking down barriers and enhancing connections between communities, industry and all levels of government with their approach to delivering Outback Aerodrone. This collaboration isn’t just about hosting an event. Outback Aerodrone is opening up new opportunities for our region (across seven local government areas representing around 21%of Queensland), introducing new industries and future generations of jobs that can benefit remote and regional communities in Central West Queensland and beyond. The success of Outback Aerodrone is founded on the extensive networks that council and RAPAD have developed nationally and internationally, in addition to their strong community connections. Taking a collaborative approach, combining resources and experience as well as working with local business and external expertise has meant a high-level event with hands-on, world-leading information and technology has been made accessible to remote and regional communities – in particular to local governments and their employees.