Draft Network Standard for Vegetation Management (NS179)

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Ausgrid trims trees around the electricity network to keep the community and our staff safe and to ensure we are providing a reliable electricity supply to our customers.

We appreciate the important role trees play in our communities and the value our communities place on the visual amenity of their local streets. As a part of our consultation process, we have engaged with stakeholders and communitites to help improve the way we perform and manage vegetation around powerlines in the future.

As part of Ausgrid's ongoing commitment to improved vegetation management and following feedback from stakeholders, we are reviewing some of our key processes, policies and practices. As part of this review the Ausgrid Network Standard for Vegetation Management (including NS179) is being revised. This document is a key part of how we manage the network. The review also considers the recent revision of ISSC 3 (November 2016).

The Network Standard for Vegetation Management (NS179) is being made available in a draft format and we would like your feedback to help us finalise this document.

For more information on Ausgrid's vegetation management engagement program visit our webpage.

  • Stakeholder briefing 14 July 2017

    Briefing with key stakeholders to provide overview of the draft Network Standard for Vegetation Management (NS179)

  • Submissions open until 4 August 2017

    Feedback submissions open via online portal using the Submission Tab or via email to trees@ausgrid.com.au.

  • Feedback report August 2017

    Feedback report published following submissions

  • Finalise Network Standard NS179 Vegetation Management

    Finalise and publish Network Standard for Vegetation Management (NS179)

The Ausgrid Network Standard for Vegetation Management outlines the compulsory requirements for the design, construction and maintenance of assets in our network. This includes the equipment specification, environmental, property, protection, testing and metering activities detailing the acceptable performance for the network and assets.

Ausgrid Network Standard for Vegetation Management (NS179) is currently under review following the review of ISSC 3 and in response to stakeholder feedback.

  • In May 2017, this principal safety document, the Ausgrid Network Standard for Vegetation Management (NS179) was revised by Ausgrid
  • Ausgrid is undertaking stakeholder engagement to support the review of the Network Standards for vegetation management around powerlines
  • Ausgrid will consider and incorporate stakeholder views and feedback wherever possible, while also satisfying IPART requirements for consultation
  • As a result of the Network Standard for Vegetation Management review, the Ausgrid Tree Safety Management Plan will also be reviewed as part of Ausgid’s stakeholder engagement and the organisation’s ongoing commitment to improve its approach to vegetation management across the network
  • Ausgrid is committed to achieving a shared awareness with councils, local communities and other stakeholders around trees as assets, and their importance to placemaking
  • The Ausgrid Network Standard for Vegetation Management specify Ausgrid’s requirements for management of vegetation near Ausgrid’s network assets, including; poles, overhead power lines and communications cables, streetlights, towers, substations and waterway crossing signs
  • The standard addresses vegetation management near urban low voltage overhead assets in a way that balances network risk and community expectations
  • As part of this consutlation, a stakehodler briefing was held on Friday 14 July

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