Ausgrid has taken action to improve the aesthetic of Heathcote streets with new guidelines for tree trimming.

Following trials and consultation with 33 councils the amount trimmed in some locations has now been set at just ten centimetres for insulated power lines.

The new guidelines are what the community has been asking for and I’m pleased Ausgrid has listened to the community to develop new ways to prune and better protect the aesthetic appeal of our leafy residential areas.

While pruning is essential for safety and security of electricity supply, it is also important to preserve the beauty of the tree-lined streets in Heathcote. Removing branches from around power lines and power poles is critical to help prevent blackouts and bushfires.

Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin says the new guidelines are an excellent outcome for residents.“Ausgrid spends more than $40 million a year on managing vegetation around the electricity network and this is great news for residents,” Mr Harwin said.  “The NSW Government is committed to a greener Sydney and our Greener Places policy will see a record number of new trees planted across the city’s urban tree canopy.”

The revised guidelines will ensure that even where power lines are not insulated, the trimming will be reduced to half a metre above and below the lines in most areas.

For more information on Ausgrid’s tree trimming guidelines – click here