Powerlink Lucid Identification Support Tool (P-LIST)
The Centre has recently developed a customised weed key for Powerlink Queensland. Powerlink Queensland is a government-owned corporation that owns, develops, operates and maintains Queensland’s high-voltage electricity transmission network that transports electricity in bulk from power stations to the electricity distribution networks owned by Energex, Ergon Energy and Country Energy.
Recognised as a world leader in the operation and maintenance of transmission systems, Powerlink controls a $4.6 billion network that extends 1,700km from north of Cairns to the New South Wales border – approximately half of Australia’s eastern seaboard. Click here to learn more.
P-LIST has been developed by QBIT at The University of Queensland.The Powerlink Lucid Identification Support Tool (P-LIST) is a plant identification and Field Herbarium. This tool contains some 700 taxa including the weeds of Queensland and other plants of significance to Powerlink operations and maintenance. P-LIST will enable Powerlink staff and their contractors to identify weeds, undesirable species and other plants of significance that may be found growing along powerline corridors and/or on other Powerlink managed properties in Queensland. P-LIST is available via the Powerlink intranet, or on (CD, DVD or Thumb drive). Powerlink users will be able to add and modify the key to increase the taxa it covers.
Plant Identification (P-LIST) Tool expansion
Powerlink is funding considerable enhancements to P-LIST with a project to include identification material (electronic key, fact-sheets and photos of the plants listed as ‘Endangered’ under legislation).
Powerlink is aware of the potential that Endangered, Threatened, or Rare plants may be found growing along power line corridors and/or on other Powerlink managed properties in Queensland. Powerlink’s employees, contractors and agents are aware that seasonal variations can mask or highlight the existence of many plant species.
The field identification of many plants is normally difficult and often impossible. The Queensland Herbarium requires very specific and comprehensive well presented samples before they will accept the role of identifier. Turnaround times are sometimes quite long and very often the required identification material is not available on the specimen plant and cannot be secured because of seasonal or site situations.
The potential implications of not identifying the presence of protected plants on Powerlink assets could involve significant legislative non-compliance.
The expansion of P-LIST clearly demonstrates Powerlink’s Due Diligence and Best Management Practices in land management and adherence to Federal and State legislation.