If you have a shelterbelt on your property, it’s your responsibility to maintain the trees and keep them away from powerlines.
You’ll need to make arrangements with an approved Network contractor to trim the trees. They will liaise with Firstlight Network to arrange a power shutdown if required, or to supervise working around our lines if the trees are within 4 metres. All associated costs will be at the landowner’s expense.
If you’re planting a new shelterbelt, make future pruning easier by trying to ensure that – when the trees are fully grown – they will be outside the 4 metre zone.
Private overhead service mains connect some customers to our network through high voltage and low voltage overhead electric lines. The owner is responsible for the control of any trees close to these.
Trees near conductors
For safety reasons, tree control work near conductors must be carried out by a Firstlight Network-approved contractor.
Your obligations as a tree owner
Electricity network companies and tree owners must both comply with their obligations under the Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003. If you are a tree owner who is given notice to cut or trim a tree, and you fail to do so, or you fail to advise Firstlight Network of the time of the cut or trim, you could be fined up to $10,000 plus $500 a day.
You could also be liable for costs in outages and repair of power lines if damage has been caused by your trees.