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Management of Vegetation Under Electricity Supply Lines

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​Issue Date:28/8/2006
​Review Date:09/02/2017

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Management of Vegetation Near Electricity Supply Lines


In most circumstances there is a single agency involved in the management of land. However, where the control and management of government land (including national parks, state forests, nature reserves, road reserves and vacant crown land) is shared between government agencies the Government's policy is that the agency that effectively owns the land is to liaise with Western Power, Horizon Power or other appropriate network operator and any occupier to ensure that arrangements are in place for the management of vegetation near or under electricity power lines.


The Energy Safety Division of the Department of Commerce published a document entitled 'Guidelines for the management of vegetation near power lines'.

The document clarifies responsibilities for controlling and clearing vegetation around overhead electricity power lines. This management of vegetation includes pruning, cutting, trimming and removing vegetation as well as disposing of the pruned vegetation.

The Guidelines have been developed by EnergySafety, the State's energy industry technical and safety regulator, in conjunction with Western Power and Horizon Power, following extensive community consultation. The policy set out in the Guidelines has been endorsed by successive State Governments and is anticipated to be set out in legislation.

Any arrangements put in place by government agencies and land occupiers concerning management of vegetation near power lines must incorporate the principles set out in the guidelines.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the management of vegetation near power lines for further information.


Alan Carpenter MLA


For enquiries contact:

Principal Engineer Electricity Supply 6251 1966
EnergySafety. Department of Commerce
or via email

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The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.