Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) has been advised that Essential Energy sub-contractors will begin vegetation management at Wambool Park in Dubbo from Thursday 23 September 2020. This work is being done to ensure theongoing safety and reliability of the local electricity network.
Essential Energy will use directional pruning techniques that remove branches growing towards a power line andencourage re-growth away from the power network. This work will ensure minimum safety clearances are maintainedbetween trees and overhead power lines. While this can affect visual amenity, Essential Energy advise that these techniques are considered best practice throughout the arboriculture industry and are used by most power companies inAustralia.
The vegetation program will be undertaken by Essential Energy’s qualified contractors in compliance with the Australian Standard AS 4373 ‘Pruning of Amenity Trees’ where possible. Occasionally, however, their practices can vary to accommodate the physical location and regrowth pattern of particular vegetation, or to comply with the Electrical Safety Rules and legislation such as the Electricity Supply Act 1995 (NSW).
Contractors will also comply with the Essential Energy operational protocols which have been developed to ensure employee, contractor and community safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, including complying with all social distancing requirements.