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Tree clearance around powerlines: MAV submission

high-voltage-tower.jpgThe MAV has provided Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) with a response (Word - 138KB) to the regulatory impact statement (RIS) for the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015 (PDF - 1.36MB).

Our submission notes that while the draft 2015 regulations represent a step in the right direction in terms of achieving a better balance of safety, environmental and amenity considerations, more change to the regulatory regime is needed in order to achieve sensible outcomes for the community. The success of councils in achieving compliance with the proposed regulations will largely be dependent on the level of cooperation they receive from the distribution businesses.

The MAV understands that the feedback received by ESV will be considered at a meeting of the Electric Line Clearance Consultative Committee (ELCCC) on 29 January. ESV has indicated that copies of submissions will be available on the ESV website next week.

For further information, contact Claire Dunn.

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