Ausgrid power line clearance works

Ausgrid is currently undertaking power line clearance works to trees within the Ashfield and Leichhardt areas.

Contractors Treeserve are currently undertaking power line tree pruning works on behalf of Ausgrid between October and December 2019.

Council does not prune trees for power line clearance, including main lines and residential lines. Ausgrid is responsible for pruning street trees in these circumstances and sets out the required clearance for its power lines.

Ausgrid are authorised to undertake this work to Council-owned and privately-owned trees under state legislation, and prune in accordance with guidelines for managing vegetation near power lines (PDF 1.1MB)

See Ausgrid's website for more information.

Ausgrid agrees to reduced pruning clearances

Ausgrid have committed to Council to reduce its required pruning clearances in the inner west. The commitments include:

  • Ausgrid agreed that trees that were outside of the 1 metre clearance zone will not be pruned by the contractor, as part of the maintenance pruning works.
  • Ausgrid have re-confirmed commitment to 1 metre pruning clearance plus 0.5 metres for regrowth (compared with the previous standard of up to 3 metres pruning clearance).

These changes to pruning clearances can be seen in the Ausgrid Network Standard VEGETATION MANAGEMENT (NS179)

Upcoming Works

The next cycle of trimming works is planned for October 2019 in the Ashfield area

Below is a list of streets where Ausgrid will be trimming over the coming weeks:


And below is a list of where Ausgrid have been cutting in the last week –

GL94 – Birchgrove – Louisa / Grove / The Terrace / Ferdinand / Cove / Grove / Gipps / Spring / Rowntree / Phillip / Cameron / Bay / Short / Dock / Bates / Wharf / Ballast Point


Ausgrid information


If you have any questions, concerns or wish to comment regarding the works being undertaken by Ausgrid please contact them directly:

If you are unable to resolve the problem, or you are not satisfied with Ausgrid's response, you are entitled to contact the Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW.

The Energy and Water Ombudsman is an independent government approved dispute resolution organisation for New South Wales electricity customers, and they will aim to resolve your complaint.

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Page last updated: 02 Apr 2020