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The City of Ballarat is undertaking an extensive Powerlines Tree Clearance
Pruning Program over the next six months.
The street tree pruning program is a regulatory requirement under the
Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2010 to maintain
street trees clear of powerlines within the Declared Area. The Declared Area
is essentially all of the urban area of Ballarat.
Within Council’s Declared Area there are a few locations labelled as
Hazardous Bushfire Risk Areas and the clearance pruning in these areas
will be a priority and completed by 1 December 2011.
For information regarding the Powerlines Tree Clearance Pruning Program
or the regulations, call the City of Ballarat Parks and Gardens Department
at 5320 7450.
To view the Declared Area map for the City of Ballarat, visit Council’s website
The extent of clearance pruning required under the 2010 Regulations
has increased from the previous 2005 Regulations. For full details of the
clearance requirements and 2010 Regulations, visit the Energy Safe Victoria
website at www.esv.vic.gov.au
Tree clearance around powerlines outside the Declared Area and also for
private trees adjacent to street powerlines are the responsibility of Powercor.
For enquiries regarding this program, contact Powercor through its agent
Vemco at 5338 3300.
The clearance requirements for the majority of City of Ballarat trees within
the Declared Area are detailed in the below table.
Minimum Clearance Spaces Surrounding a Powerline—Low Bushfire risk Areas
Other than Aerial Bundled Cable or Insulated Cable
Above: Culvert works at Slattery Creek
The following construction works are about to begin or are currently in progress.
Scotts Parade car park
and road pavement
Street to Rowe Street
concrete kerb and
Gillies Road, Kennedys
Road to Sweenys
Construction of road
shoulder pavement both
sides to widen existing
Havelock Street to
reconstruction, kerb and
channel and drainage
Scott Parade road
between Queen Street
and Stawell Street
widening, kerb and
channel, drainage and
Webster Street road
and Drummond Street
from Robyn Place to
380 metres to the east
Road construction and
For more information, visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au.
Residents and businesses directly affected by these projects will receive
correspondence from Council detailing the location and impact of the works.
Motorists and pedestrians are advised to approach the areas with caution
and comply with speed restrictions.
Enforceable speed restriction signage is installed at many of the construction
sites for the safety of road users, pedestrians and construction personnel.
Drivers are urged to comply with the lower speed limits at all sites.
Enquiries regarding the works should be directed to Council’s Customer
Service Centre at 5320 5500.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2011
Minimum Clearance Spaces in all Directions
1. Nominal voltage Up to 1kV
less than 66kV
2. Section of all
spans near the
3. Spans up to
4. Spans exceeding 2000mm
45 metres, up to
5. Spans exceeding 2500mm
70 metres, up to
6. Spans exceeding 2500mm
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