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Powerline-friendly list of species for planting in urban areas - Circular 14.3

To Chief Executive Officer
Emergency and Risk Management Staff
Environment Staff
Parks and Recreation Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Sustainability Officers
Date 29 March 2019
Contact Katherine Russell
Response Required No
Summary SA Power Networks has prepared a guide to assist councils in selecting and planting appropriate trees under powerlines to improve tree management.

SA Power Networks (SAPN) has been working with stakeholders, including councils and the LGA, over the last few years to improve how it manages trees near powerlines. One of the initiatives was to improve the choice of suitable species for planting under powerlines for each of the State’s climate zones. 

Current legislation governing vegetation clearance places restrictions on the type and location of trees and vegetation that can be planted under powerlines. Councils had raised concerns over the limitations with the current legislated list which makes species selection near powerlines difficult.

To address this, SAPN engaged Seed Consultancy to work with stakeholders to develop a powerline-friendly list of species for planting in non-bushfire areas. 

The booklet was a result of extensive consultation with key stakeholders in the community, including SAPN Arborist Reference Group, local government and the nursery and garden industry.  A series of workshops were held across the State to identify 20-30 tree varieties that best suited the different climatic zones.

The list includes a mix of both indigenous and introduced species and provides guidance on suitable species for planting under powerlines, to reduce the ongoing clearance costs and to deliver improved outcomes. 

A copy of the powerline-friendly list of species booklet can be downloaded here: 

Species List(5805 kb):

or by contacting Alex Lewis, SA Power Networks on 8404 5433 or 

Any feedback can be directed to Katherine Russell, Senior Policy Officer at the LGA (on tel. 8224 2067 or  Katherine represents the LGA at the SAPN and LGA Vegetation Management Working Group.  

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