ESSENTIAL Energy crews will be working in the Clifton Grove area throughout October trimming vegetation to maintain safe clearances between trees and power lines.
Essential Energy’s south eastern regional manager Phillip Green, said the vegetation management program would ensure a reliable and sustainable power supply.
“Trees and vegetation that come into contact with power lines have the potential to not only disrupt the electricity supply for our customers, but also create much more serious hazards such as bushfires,” he said.
In addition to Clifton Grove, crews will also be trimming vegetation in Clergate Road, Auberson Road and Pearce Lane in north Orange.
“We make every effort to maintain the aesthetics of our local communities and, where possible, we try to consider the local streetscape when meeting public safety requirements,” Mr Green said.
He said due to the nature of the work, some planned interruptions to the power supply may be required to allow crews to work safely near the network.
“Where possible, Essential Energy will use the skills of our specialised live-line teams, who are trained to work near the electricity network while it’s still energised,” Mr Green said.
“If supply interruptions are necessary, affected customers will be notified in advance.”
Essential Energy has a free tree planting guide to help customers select the appropriate species to plant under or near power lines.
To find out which trees are unsuitable for planting near power lines go to www.essentialenergy. com.au/trees.