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Tree pruning around powerlines starts soon

Tree works underway.

Council will soon start pruning street trees to provide clearance around powerlines in Castlemaine as part of an annual tree maintenance program.

Friday 18 September 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council will soon start pruning street trees to provide clearance around powerlines in Castlemaine as part of an annual tree maintenance program.

“Qualified contractors will undertake the pruning works on more than 200 trees to meet electric safety regulations,” said Stewart Campbell, Coordinator Parks and Gardens, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The tree pruning around powerlines will start in October, and is expected to take two to four weeks.

“We aim to retain the shape and character of the trees as much as possible,” he said.

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

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

This does not include trees on private property or areas such as McKenzies Hill, Chewton or Campbells Creek.

Local energy distributor Powercor is responsible for maintaining trees on road reserves outside the Castlemaine boundary.

Powercor also has the authority to prune trees on private property in order to maintain powerline clearance.

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. For more information visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare.

Council will soon start separate tree maintenance works in towns around the shire, as part of its ongoing tree management program. Further information will be advised before the program starts.

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



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