Bushfire mitigation

It’s our priority to keep you and your property safe from bushfires.

The Powercor network services communities within some of the highest bushfire risk areas in Victoria. In fact, approximately half of our assets are in Hazardous Bushfire Risk areas identified through the Country Fire Authority (CFA) Fire Hazard Mapping Project.

We take our responsibility to design, construct, operate and maintain assets to minimise bushfire risk very seriously.

Each year, we work to reduce the risk of fires starting from our assets, while ensuring power supplies can be sustained in affected communities – to help them recover.

This work focuses on managing vegetation clearances around powerlines, extensive asset inspection and maintenance programs, innovative network safety and protection systems and helping customers manage privately owned overhead electric lines.

We use state-of-the-art technology to continually improve the way we can identify and manage any fire risk and conduct regular consultation with customers and stakeholders right across Melbourne and central and western Victoria regarding their expectations about bushfire mitigation.

We also use a fire risk model developed by the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to help us plan for bushfires at any point on our network.

Under our Bushfire Mitigation Plan, we manage assets and risks that could cause fires due to:

  • surface contamination of insulators combined with moisture resulting in electrical tracking and potentially leading to pole or cross arm fires
  • failure or malfunction of network devices such as surge arresters and expulsion drop out fuses
  • contact between vegetation and the electricity network
  • bird or animal or third-party contact with electricity assets
  • failure of line hardware (electrical and mechanical)
  • conductor failures

Natural disasters such as bushfires, floods or extreme weather events may also trigger one or many of these causes of ignition risk.

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