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Plant Smart is a vegetation management program developed by Ergon Energy and Greening Australia to raise the awareness of appropriate vegetation under and around powerlines.
There are two main streams to the program:
Research and Development
In research and development, Ergon Energy and Greening Australia Queensland are looking at more efficient techniques to control vegetation under powerlines, maintain or increase biodiversity, improve plant density and explore appropriate species ranges.
The public awareness stream involves working together with councils, businesses, schools, community groups, garden nurseries and the general public to promote the awareness of the issues of planting the incorrect vegetation under and around powerlines in both rural and urban areas.
Ergon Energy maintains one of the largest electricity distributions in the world, covering over one million square kilometres or 97% of Queensland. Our Plant Smart Coordinators are based in Northern, Central and South Western Queensland.
Plant Smart Schools Program
Schools, teachers and students can receive support from Plant Smart. This includes:
Free school visits
(this could be conducting an energy and/or biodiversity audit at your school or a presentation)
Potential tree planting at your school
Developing partnerships with Queensland Regional Councils.
Over 100 commercial, wholesale and community nurseries have joined the program to provide advice and powerline friendly species.
Successful vegetation management trials and monitoring of established sites.
Plant recognition training for Ergon Energy staff and contractors.
Incorporated Plant Smart material into the school curriculum to educate and raise awareness of vegetation management around powerlines.
Plant Smart projects
Plant Smart contacts
0418 782 388
07 4729 9500