Trees and shrubs growing too close to powerlines can cause a fire, bring down a powerline causing an electric shock or disrupt the electricity supply.
Whether you own or rent it’s your responsibility to make sure your trees or shrubs on your property are at least 1.5 metres away from the powerlines. For higher voltage powerlines or in a bushfire-prone area the minimum distance increases.
If your tree or shrub is closer than the minimum distance away from powerlines or might fall close to a power line you must use an ActewAGL-accredited tree surgeon like TreeWorks.
When pruning trees or shrubs you should allow for a three-year regrowth. To keep the costs of trimming down you should trim trees to at least 2.5 metres from powerlines. The space vertically above the powerlines should also be kept clear of trees at all times.
If you are not sure of the voltage of powerlines, call ActewAGL’s technical enquiries number on 6248 3555.
For more information visit ACTEWAGL Trees, powerlines & Safety – your obligationsTreeWorks is a leading tree services business operating in Canberra, Southern Tablelands and Southern Highlands. We are a fully licensed, ACTEW accredited & insured tree surgery company and a member of Arboriculture Australia. Our climbers are fully trained and some of our arborists have over 25 years experience in large scale tree surgery and removals. Call 1300 135 835 or contact us.
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