Making sure your trees are clear of powerlines, power poles, and overhead cables will protect your home and the neighbourhood from fire, electrocution, and electricity supply interruptions.
Top 3 points
- Canberra home owners and tenants are responsible for checking their trees aren’t too close to powerlines.
- Trees need to be more than 1.5 metres away from powerlines.
- You can get fined for doing powerline clearing yourself. You must use an ActewAGL Accredited Tree Surgeon.
Owners and tenants are responsible
In Canberra, property owners and tenants are responsible for checking the distance between trees and powerlines. You can be fined up to $1000 for letting any vegetation get closer than 1.5 metres to powerlines. If you’re a tenant, you can contact your property manager or landlord to discuss powerline clearing that needs to be done.
ActewAGL regularly inspect Canberra’s neighbourhoods to check powerline safety. If they notice your trees are too close to powerlines, they will leave you a request to have an ActewAGL Accredited Tree Surgeon trim them back by a specified date.
Don’t get hurt or fined
Don’t attempt powerline clearing yourself. As you can imagine, working near live wires is high risk to your safety and your neighbourhood’s electricity supply if something goes wrong. It’s so high risk that in Canberra you can be fined for attempting powerline clearing if the vegetation is closer than 1.5 metres.
ActewAGL Accredited Tree Surgeons
ActewAGL has accredited tree surgeons, like Gold Leaf Tree Services, to make sure powerline clearing in Canberra is performed to the highest standard. ActewAGL Accedited Tree Surgeons attend regular training so they can perform powerline clearing in Canberra according to regulations and safety procedures.
To have the title of ActewAGL Accredited Tree Surgeon, arborists must have appropriate qualifications, insurance, safety procedures, and good quality equipment to complete the work. To check you’re working with an ActewAGL Accredited Tree Surgeon, ask them for their ActewAGL Vegetation Management card when you get a quote.
If your trees have grown too close to powerlines, you may need to pay for the cost of an electricity outage so an ActewAGL Accredited Tree Surgeon can complete powerline clearing safely. To avoid outage fees contact your accredited tree surgeon before your trees get within 1.5 metres of powerlines or power poles. If you need a power outage, your accredited tree surgeon can arrange this for you with ActewAGL.
Visit actewagl.com.au for detailed information on vegetation management and powerline clearing.