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Trees growing on or near powerlines

Vegetation growing on or near powerlines?

Trees and branches near network infrastructure have the potential to interrupt the power supply. Our staff and contractors routinely inspect the network and undertake tree trimming services for hazard reduction to the community and environment. Customers will be notified of any proposed vegetation management being carried out on their property.

Trimming helps prevent:

  • Falling branches or trees coming into contact or bringing down live powerlines
  • Potential ignition of bushfires with subsequent damage to property, individuals and the environment
  • Children climbing near powerlines 
  • Shocks or tingles from vegetation touching live powerlines

Report vegetation near powerlines

Reporting vegetation (trees, branches, vines) growing on or near powerlines ensures a safer community, environment and maintains the quality and reliability of the electricity network.

  • To report vegetation touching powerlines, please phone us on 13 20 80.
  • To report vegetation growing near or encroaching powerlines, please complete the Eform on the website following this link: Report vegetation near powerlines


Tree Trimming Methods

Most trees near our powerline network are trimmed using arborist techniques. Under our vegetation strategy, the intention is to reduce the amount of trimming required over time. Where pruning is required, directional pruning methods are used to encourage trees to grow away from the powerlines.

For more information


Q. Why do trees require trimming?  
A. Vegetation trimming near powerlines is an important safety precaution that allows us to provide a safe and efficient network service.

Q. Who is responsible for trimming and vegetation management?  
A. Trimming is carried out by our contractors in accordance with our rel="noopener noreferrer" policies and procedures. Clearances for tree trimming can be found in the Vegetation Management Plan on our website.

Q. Will I be notified of proposed trimming work?
A. Yes. Our contractors will contact the landholder to provide notification, obtain consent and to negotiate any terms of access prior to any work commencing. Contact methods may include a phone call or door knock prior to the contractor entering private premises. The contractor will also provide written notice of intention to carry out vegetation treatment such as vegetation removal, trimming, vegetation height reduction or herbicide treatment. On the day of the proposed work, the contractor will attempt to make contact prior to any work being carried out. If the contractor is unable to make contact, e.g. there is no answer at the door, services will proceed. Contractors will obtain prior written consent from the landholder in all instances where the proposed work involves vegetation removal or herbicide treatment.

Q. Who is responsible for vegetation debris management or collection?
A. Vegetation debris may be left cut and neatly stacked in open rural situations with prior agreement rel="noopener noreferrer" from the landholder. If you need debris collected after vegetation services, please contact us via our eform or call 13 20 80 and we will arrange for the contractor to re-attend.

Q. Will trees be removed?  
A. If removal of individual trees is deemed necessary, the contractor will make that assessment and be in contact with the customer concerned.

Q. Will chemicals be applied?  
A. Contractors may apply herbicide to reduce regrowth. They will make that assessment and be in contact with the customer concerned.

Q. Have Councils been informed of vegetation works?  
A. Yes. Local councils will be contacted prior to any trimming work.