Vegetation Management  

Tree trimming

Throughout the year we plan ahead and manage vegetation near powerlines to reduce the risk of power outages and potential bushfires caused by vegetation falling on, or coming into contact with, powerlines.

We will arrange for our staff or contractors to undertake inspection and trimming services. You may be contacted directly, either by door knock or letter box drop, to advise you of vegetation management work in your area. You will be provided with appropriate contact details should you need to discuss the details of any proposed works.

Vegetation management sampling underway

We’re changing the way we look after trees and vegetation near our powerlines. As part of this change, we are currently undertaking a tender for vegetation management service providers across most of our network.

Over the next few months, you might notice these service providers conducting ‘sampling’ across our network to help them prepare their response to our tender. This may mean asking for access to private property, and you might notice people counting and even measuring trees or taking photographs and notes about the local vegetation. Because Essential Energy has not proposed specific areas for sampling work to take place, some prospective tenderers may do these works in the same area, possibly even at the same time as our routine vegetation management activities.

All prospective tenderers are COVID-Safe registered to ensure community safety.

Sampling work will conclude the beginning of December 2020.

Please contact us on 132391 if you’d like any further information.

Continuous vegetation management:

  • Reduces the potential harm to people, damage to property or the local environment
  • Minimises tree-related power supply interruptions
  • Prevents potential bushfires by reducing the incidence of branches contacting powerlines

Vegetation clearance zones around powerlines

  • Where practical, trimming is carried out to meet the Australian Standard 4373 which may require branches be cut back to growth points
  • Clearances between trees and powerlines increase as voltage and span length of the powerlines increase
  • Clearances in the middle of the span are greater to allow for conductor swing and sag for any spans greater than 100m
  • Always plant a tree at least 15m away from powerlines, or at a distance equal to its mature height - whichever is greater. Some properties may be subject to easement conditions that impose even greater clearance distances
  • A tree’s proximity to powerlines and the trimming required to maintain clearance distances may mean some trees are removed completely.

For further information read our Vegetation Management Plan.

We will arrange for our staff or contractors to undertake inspection and trimming services. You may be contacted directly, either by door knock or letter box drop, to advise you of vegetation management work in your area. You will be provided with appropriate contact details should you need to discuss the details of any proposed works.

Remember - tree trimming can be hazardous near overhead powerlines and should only be performed by qualified tree trimmers.

If you see vegetation growing too close to our network report it via our online form.