Ergon Energy – Environmental Management Plans


Biotropica Australia recently surveyed 105 kilometres of powerline clearings dissecting some of the state’s most pristine environments, ranging from Mt Garnet to the Whitsundays. Botanists and ecologists from Biotropica Australia recorded a number of Vulnerable and Near Threatened plants in electricity corridors.  Beneath Ergon Energy lines at Forty Mile Scrub (south west of Mt Garnet) Nigel Tucker, Lars Kazmeier and former Biotropica botanist, Mason Campbell recorded a koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) – an unusual sighting as koalas are rarely seen in the wild in North Queensland, but are occasionally sighted at 40 Mile. At Princess Hills (west of Ingham) Mason and Lars found Commersonia reticulata – a Vulnerable listed plant (and only the 8th Queensland record) and also located individuals of the Near Threatened  Hairyseeded Fuzz-weed (Peripleura sericea).Records such as these provide Ergon Energy with the information needed to ensure staff and contractors are aware of important environmental features.  GPS data and photographic information sheets allow for precise locations in the field and appropriate management action.  The project was completed on time and to budget.