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Expressions of Interest sought – SA Power Networks and LGA Working Group for vegetation management near powerlines - Circular 26.1

To Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Services Staff
Emergency and Risk Management Staff
Environment Staff
Information - Engineering Staff
Parks and Recreation Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Sustainability Officers
Date 21 June 2019
Contact Katherine Russell
Response Required No
Summary SA Power Networks manages vegetation clearance around powerlines. Part of its consultation process is a joint Working Group between local government and SA Power Networks. The Group is inviting new members to join in order to better understand the issues and have the opportunity to influence outcomes.

SA Power Networks (SAPN) is committed to improving how it engages with local councils and has been working closely with councils over the last few years to improve the way vegetation clearance around powerlines is undertaken. 

A joint Working Group between local government and SA Power Networks was established in November 2013 to develop a long-term plan for vegetation management near powerlines and progress a range of strategic initiatives to improve vegetation clearance outcomes and practices.

The Working Group currently has representation from the following member Councils:

  • Adelaide Hills Council
  • City of Burnside
  • City of Charles Sturt
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Port Augusta City Council


The meetings take place quarterly in various locations around Adelaide.  They are chaired by SAPN’s General Manager Network Management, Doug Schmidt, and supported by SAPN staff.  The LGA representative is Katherine Russell, Senior Policy Officer.

The Working Group has worked on a range of initiatives over the last 5 years to improve vegetation clearance, including the development of a protocol for vegetation management, community education and information material, and a powerline-friendly list of species for planting under powerlines.

The Working Group is keen to invite new members to join, to include an additional 3 or 4 member councils or Regional LGA representatives.

The Working Group is an effective way to understand the issues faced by SAPN and councils around vegetation management around powerlines, as well as to influence outcomes.

If you are interested in being involved in the Working Group or would like further information about the Group and its role, please contact Alex Lewis, Stakeholder Engagement Lead at SA Power Networks on tel. 0428 695 173 or

If you are interested in understanding more about the LGA’s role on the Working Group, please contact Katherine Russell, Senior Policy Officer at the LGA, on tel. 8224 2067 or    

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