Expect power company choppers overhead

Essential Energy contractors will be flying the skies over Tenterfield in coming weeks, checking lines through vegetation.
Essential Energy contractors will be flying the skies over Tenterfield in coming weeks, checking lines through vegetation.

Essential Energy will soon begin vegetation management in Tenterfield and the surrounding area to ensure the ongoing safety and reliability of the local electricity network.

Operations Manager Ranges, Paul McWilliam, said the vegetation program was about striking a balance between preserving the town's trees and ensuring power safety and reliability for the community.

"A safe and reliable electricity network is a priority for Essential Energy and the management of vegetation in and around powerlines plays a crucial role in safeguarding power supplies," Paul said.

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While Essential Energy is committed to protecting the local environment and the safety of the community, Paul emphasised that trees and overhead powerlines could be a dangerous combination.

"Trees coming into contact with overhead powerlines pose serious hazards to people, wildlife and the surrounding environment, with potential for bushfires, damage to property, injury and unplanned power outages," Paul said.

"Our comprehensive vegetation management program ensures minimum safety clearances are maintained between trees and overhead powerlines and helps to minimise the trimming required in the future, while also securing a more reliable power supply."

Essential Energy uses directional pruning techniques that remove branches growing towards a powerline and encourage re-growth away from the power network. While this can affect visual amenity, these techniques are considered best practice throughout the arboriculture industry and are used by most power companies in Australia.

Residents can download Essential Energy's Tree Planting Guide at essentialenergy.com.au/trees for helpful tips on appropriate species for planting near powerlines or contact 13 23 91 for more information.

Weather permitting, the vegetation program will continue from mid-August.