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Street tree pruning around powerlines to start soon

Tree pruning in Mount Alexander Shire

Council will soon start pruning street trees in Castlemaine to provide clearance around powerlines and meet safety regulations.

Friday 2 November 2018

Tree pruning will soon commence to provide clearance around powerlines in Castlemaine, as part of Mount Alexander Shire Council’s ongoing street tree maintenance program.

“The works will be undertaken by qualified contractors to achieve clearance around electrical lines to meet electric safety regulations,” said Stewart Campbell, Coordinator Parks and Gardens, Mount Alexander Shire.

The regulations set out the minimum clearances required between powerlines and trees to reduce the risk of fire, blackouts and power surges.

“We’ll be aiming to retain the shape and character of the trees and general streetscape as much as possible. Council will not prune trees on private property,” said Mr Campbell.

Council has responsibility for maintaining vegetation that may interfere with powerlines on road reserves in the Declared Area of Castlemaine.

The local energy distributor Powercor is responsible for maintaining the trees on road reserves outside the boundary, including areas such as McKenzies Hill. Powercor also has the authority to prune trees on private property in order to maintain clearance lines.

The Country Fire Authority offers an online vegetation clearing tool to determine if you need a permit to clear trees, branches and other vegetation from around your home. If you would like more information visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au.

For more information about the pruning program, contact Council on 5471 1700.

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