Taking trees out of the way

COUNTRY Energy crews are moving through Coffs Harbour to ensure trees are not getting in the way of powerlines.

The vegetation officers will be in Bray Street, Park Beach and west Coffs Harbour for the next few weeks to identify any vegetation near powerlines requiring maintenance.

Residents are encouraged to call Country Energy if they have any concerns.

Country Energy regional general manager Brian Mclean said the inspections were part of the company’s commitment to provide a reliable power supply while also considering the importance of the local environment.

“Country Energy works hard to ensure we are an environmental leader, however, trees and powerlines do not mix, with vegetation a leading cause of unplanned supply interruptions,” Mr Mclean said.

“Our vegetation management program helps Country Energy balance the need to provide a safe and reliable power supply while maintaining a high standard of environmental care, with officers specially trained to identify hazards enabling tree trimming to be undertaken in the appropriate areas.”

Country Energy officers will only be inspecting the local vegetation at this time with tree trimming to take place at a later date.

“If officers find vegetation on a customer’s property that requires maintenance the customer will be advised of what’s required,” Mr Mclean said.

“I would also like to remind customers of the dangers of trying to remove vegetation near powerlines themselves and to call us to do this work if they have any concerns.”

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