Helicopter patrols reveal trees too close to powerlines

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ActewAGL’s helicopter patrols have revealed trees are too close to powerlines in many parts of the nation’s capital, with the company saying residents need to monitor vegetation on their property.

ActewAGL manager works delivery Clinton McAlister said helicopter was in the air for around 37 hours in February and covered 1793km across rural and urban areas.

“We were able to identify vegetation encroaching on powerlines that we would not be able to see from the ground. We are now working with landowners and occupiers to ensure the safety of our community and the network,” he said.

“Landowners and occupiers are responsible for keeping a clearance of 1.5m around powerlines. By ensuring this clearance is maintained, the ACT will continue to have the fewest electricity blackouts in Australia.

“If residents notice trees within the minimum safe distance of powerlines, please do not attempt to trim them yourself. This can pose serious safety risks. Only ActewAGL accredited tree surgeons should be contracted to trim trees within the minimum distance on your property.”