Annual Powerline Clearance Pruning Program

Published on 6 July 2018
Category: Public Notice

The City of Kalamunda will be undertaking tree pruning in the vicinity of power lines from July. The City manages cultivated trees, whereas Western Power manage naturally occurring trees in streets.

This is a preventative safety program for the protection of residents and power supply infrastructure. Pruning works are conducted between July and December each year using machinery to remove vegetation from the powerline clearance zone during the spring growth season and prior to the high fire risk season. As trees grow back into this clearance zone, ongoing inspections of the network are undertaken and further ad-hoc vegetation clearances works are completed throughout the year.

Powerline clearing pruning will progress across the City from

  • Wattle Grove, Forrestfield, High Wycombe and Maida Vale from July
  • Gooseberry Hill, Kalamunda, Walliston and Lesmurdie through to September
  • Followed by Bickley, Carmel and Pickering Brook.

The City's appointed contractor will

  • Prune all trees using qualified personnel supervised by certified arborists.
  • Meet the minimum powerline clearance requirements set by Western Power and road clearance requirements set by the City.
  • Comply with the Code of Practice of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for working near live power lines.
  • Have Main Roads WA compliant pedestrian and traffic management in place.

When the Contractor prunes your verge tree

  • The team will prune all trees in the street
  • They will pick up the pruning works and chip the branches into a tipper truck
  • Within one or two working days, the team will return to rake up debris that the wind has blown out of the tree.

For further information on vegetation clearances for power lines please go to https://westernpower.com.au/safety-access/safety-around-homes/seasonal-safety/ 

For any other information please contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999.

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