Tree trimming is essential maintenance that helps ensure safe and reliable power supply to homes and businesses across our network. Our historical data shows that two thirds of power outages are due to fallen trees and tree branches on to the powerlines.
Ausgrid recognises the value communities place on trees in local streets and we work to balance local visual amenity with a safe and reliable electricity supply. Trees growing too close to powerlines can also interrupt supply and pose a safety risk to the community.
Trimming trees that are too close to powerlines helps us to protect the network and helps avoid loss of supply to our communities during these events.
Ausgrid’s vegetation management includes clearing of vegetation within clearance zones and the management of hazardous vegetation outside of these zones. Hazardous vegetation may include dead or dying trees and limbs with the potential to impact the network.
Major storms including high wind events can also impact healthy vegetation causing branches or entire trees to fall or blow into the network. We will be talking to our communities about the impact from the trees, not managed in our work programs.
The 2020 vegetation management program commenced in March across the Ausgrid network in Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter regions. This is a continuation of our vegetation management program with some additional risk assessment measures to manage large limbs and important trees.
Specialist crews will carry out the vegetation management work on behalf of Ausgrid, according to the industry agreed standards.
Three specialist contractors have been selected to complete this program on behalf of Ausgrid; Asplundh Tree Experts for the Newcastle and Hunter region, Tree Serve for the Central Coast and Northern Sydney region and Active Tree Services for the Southern and Eastern Sydney region.
Proactive vegetation management is just one way Ausgrid minimises further risks and impacts to the network. Ausgrid and our contractors will work to balance the visual amenity with a safe and reliable network as we trim trees in your area.