To help protect the safety of the power supply and electricity network, Ausgrid and Waverley Council will replace three trees along Busby Road Bronte, NSW next month.

Trees growing under powerlines on parts of Busby Road will be removed and replaced with more appropriate native species.

Ausgrid horticulturalist Paul Holmes said the replacement of these trees was a good outcome for local residents.

“A Norkfolk Pine, a palm and an umbrella tree are simply too tall to be under powerlines,” Mr Holmes said.

“These trees need to be trimmed regularly to keep them away from the powerline that runs above them.

“However, we know the trees will not respond well to regular trimming and will lose their visual appeal.

“Under an agreement between Waverley Council and Ausgrid the trees will be removed and replaced with more suitable species such as Callistemons.

“This will improve the streetscape for anyone living in or driving through the area and help secure the local power supply by keeping branches away from powerlines.”

They will also ensure the tree population is maintained, while minimising the need to trim trees around the electricity network.

About 60 per cent of interruptions to Ausgrid’s power supply are caused by external factors like trees coming into contact with powerlines.

Ausgrid works to minimise these interruptions by regularly trimming trees to keep them at a safe distance from the powerlines and poles.

“We have notified residents and are working closely with Waverly Council to strike the right balance between protecting the electricity network and preserving or improving the aesthetic appeal of local streets.”


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