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Vegetation management

Information on trees, plants or shrubs planted near overhead powerlines or underground power cables.

Power lines running through cleared pine forestPower lines running through cleared pine forest
For your homeElectrical safetyVegetation management at home

Keeping trees and powerlines safe

Branches falling in strong winds can bring down powerlines and cause power outages.  Sometimes, they can also spark grass fires.

While our crews work to restore power in these situations, we also work to prevent them by clearing vegetation each year. This involves inspecting all 95,000 km of powerlines annually, prioritising spans between poles in both high and low bushfire risk areas, cutting and trimming trees in a way that makes sure they are both safe and healthy.

Download Planting Trees Near Power Lines, our guide for home gardens and rural properties. It has helpful tips for planning a private or public garden space. Including safe planting tips, local plants, trees and shrubs, as well as speaking to your local Nursery.

Vegetation management FAQs

For information on tree cutting and other vegetation management activity we undertake, please refer to our frequently asked questions.

Do you have to cut my trees?

We have an obligation to clear any vegetation (trees, shrubs, plants etc) that poses a risk to our assets.

The Electricity Safety Act, including the Electrical Safety (Electric Line Clearance) regulations in 2020, requires us to meet certain minimum standards with regards to our vegetation management plans. This defines the clearance distances for trees and other vegetation need high voltage and low voltage powerlines.

Vegetation No Go Zones

Any work within the Vegetation No Go Zone can only be completed by or on behalf of CitiPower and Powercor by trained and authorised professionals. It is illegal and dangerous for any other person to complete these works within the No Go Zone.

Please see diagram below explaining the current vegetation No Go Zone specifications and requirements to carry out work.

For private customers, before submitting a Vegetation No Go Zone request (via the enquiry form at the bottom of this page) we recommend you contact your local council as approval to cut or remove your trees is usually required.

CitiPower and Powercor will only cut vegetation to the No Go Zone specifications. Any cutting or removal of vegetation further to this is the responsibility of the land owner. It is recommended you communicate with an arborist to understand all work that will be required.

Cutting trees inside the Vegetation No Go Zone to meet customer needs is a separate task to compliance cutting.

Vegetation Management on public land

CitiPower/Powercor is undertaking vegetation management works on public land in the following councils between 23 May and 1 August 2023:

Central Goldfields
Colac Otway Corangamite
Golden Plains
Greater Bendigo
Greater Geelong
Greater Shepparton Hepburn
Macedon Ranges
Mildura Mitchell
Mount Alexander
Northern Grampians
Pyrenees Southern Grampians
Surf Coast
Swan Hill
West Wimmera

Vegetation No Go Zone FAQs

Do I pay for work that CitiPower or Powercor carry out to remove vegetation from the no go zone?

Yes. If you require a tree to be cleared from the vegetation no go zone, you can apply to have CitiPower and Powercor do so, by submitting a vegetation no go zone request. You will then receive a quote for works to be carried out. Costs may vary significantly depending on the amount of work and the equipment required. CitiPower or Powercor use suitably trained and qualified people who utilise specialised equipment to carry out this work.

Eye in the sky – how we use technology to keep communities safe

Each year our helicopters scan our network, fitted with advanced Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to scan for vegetation growing too close to powerlines.

The data can also be used to create an accurate digital model of the electricity network and its surroundings, and helps ensure we identify which trees to cut, by how much and when.

Regulatory framework

Please see our Vegetation Management Plan for more information about this work including how it complies with the Electricity Safety Act.

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is the government agency responsible for electrical safety issues,and ensuring electricity companies like us meet our responsibilities around vegetation management. The electricity safety line clearance regulations can be found on the Energy Safe Victoria website.

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