We care about keeping you and your property safe from bushfires. Every year we invest millions of dollars into ongoing projects that help to reduce bushfire risks across Victoria.
In accordance with our Bushfire Mitigation Strategy Plan (available to download here) we have been implementing the various strategies, policies and programs designed to reduce the risk of bushfires, including an extensive communication program with customers and stakeholders.
An overview of our key year round activities include:
Every year, every span in Hazardous Bushfire Risk Areas (HBRA) is inspected from the ground to identify any required vegetation works. These works are then rectified and actioned in accordance with our Bushfire Mitigation Strategy Plan.
Asset inspection and maintenance programs
Extensive asset inspection programs are conducted throughout the year in accordance with regulated inspection timeframes. Any maintenance that is identified is completed within designated policy timeframes to ensure our assets remain fire safe as much as possible all year round.
Aerial helicopter vegetation audits
Around 20 per cent of lines in Hazardous Bushfire Risk Areas are audited using state-of-the-art helicopter survey equipment. This Light Detection and Ranging Measurement (LiDAR) survey involves using a laser measuring unit mounted on a helicopter to measure the distances between power lines and surrounding vegetation.
The imaging equipment improves every year, which means we can carry out the survey from a greater height, increasing safety and reducing customer impact. This year the survey helicopter flew from an altitude of around 250 metres utilising a NOTAR-type helicopter or ‘no tail rotor’, allowing for a much quieter operation.
Total Fire Ban day action plans
Powercor has a number of strategies and actions for both Total Fire Ban days and Hot Days. These are designed to reduce the risk of fire starts on Total Fire Ban Days, and to protect the network when high temperatures are forecast.
Private overhead electric lines (POELs)
Each year, we deliver a mail out to POEL owners containing a letter and a brochure about owners’ responsibilities, electrical safety and disconnection advice to help them ensure the safety of their private electric lines. Read more about POELs.