We understand the importance of trees in our communities and the value our customers place on trees in their local street. To help improve our services we regularly talk to customers and councils to help develop a shared understanding about how to manage trees growing under powerlines, and improve the way tree trimming is performed.
Ausgrid is pleased to announce the commencement of a 12-month contestable vegetation management trial that will:
Ausgrid has been working with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (the Department) and Councils to introduce a 12-month trial under the NSW ASP Scheme Rules framework for contestable vegetation management works across all Local Government Areas (LGA) in Ausgrid’s network area.
The trial will allow Councils to directly engage accredited and authorised Contestable Vegetation Management ASP/1X companies to complete contestable vegetation works near Ausgrid’s Low Voltage (LV) overhead network, in accordance with Standard Vegetation Control (SVC) requirements in Ausgrid’s Electrical Safety Rules (ESR).
The WorkCover - Work Near Overhead Power Lines – Code of Practice 2006 (Code of Practice) mandates that tree and vegetation work within the No Go Zone (NGZ) must only be performed by an authorised person with written approval of the Network Operator.
Undertaking SVC works near Ausgrid’s live LV overhead mains are only permitted following the completion of the following requirements:
Parameters for undertaking contestable vegetation management works:
Councils must only engage companies who have been accredited by the Department and authorised by Ausgrid to undertake SVC near Ausgrid’s LV overhead mains. Once companies are authorised to undertake SVC work near Ausgrid’s network, their detals will be listed on our website.
The above requirements and parameters may be updated based on lessons learnt and in consultation with Councils during this trial. Ausgrid will work with each participating Council to compile a quarterly report that will be compiled into a network wide report provided to the Department.
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