What are you responsible for?
You must ensure any planted vegetation near powerlines on your property meet the required clearance zones. Our Managing trees around powerlines poster 504KB PDF explains these zones in more detail.
We recommend you ask a qualified professional to prune vegetation on your property.
Selecting appropriate trees
There are limitations when planting trees under or near powerlines. Refer to the Botanic Gardens online plant selector tool or speak with your local nursery representative who can help you choose the safest options for planting near overhead or underground powerlines.
We've developed a powerline friendly list of species by zones, to simplify the selection of tree species suitable for planting under powerlines in the non-bushfire risk cities and towns. There's also a brochure available for which includes more information.
What are the alternatives to tree trimming?
We work with the Arborist Reference Group and Local Government Association (LGA) Working Group to improve how we engage with our stakeholders and manage vegetation near powerlines. Our Protocol for vegetation management near powerlines 13830KB PDF outlines our commitment to improving vegetation management and was developed in consultation with local councils and key stakeholders. The revised protocol (2019-2021) was endorsed by the LGA Board in May 2019.
Share your feedback
Complete our online survey to provide feedback on how we manage vegetation around powerlines, or your recent experience on tree trimming. Your feedback will help us to continue to improve this service.