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Avoid losing power during a storm by ‘thinking smart, planting smart’

23 March 2015

Don’t let what you plant near powerlines be the reason you and your neighbours lose power, or put someone’s life at risk, during windy and stormy weather by grabbing a copy of the updated ‘Think Smart, Plant Smart’ brochure for smart tips on what trees can be safely planted near powerlines.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Works and Engineering Services Councillor Andrew Smith said the brochure is a helpful guide for residents for planting appropriate trees to meet Ergon Energy’s four-metre height restriction.

“The recent severe weather activity across the State is a timely reminder that ‘trees and powerlines don’t mix’. So Council, along with Ergon Energy and Greening Australia, are working together to help keep our communities safe by updating the ‘Think Smart, Plant Smart’ brochure which outlines what trees can be planted near powerlines,” he said.

“If you’re preparing to plant trees near powerlines, please make yourself aware of what the suitable tree types are, so that you and your neighbour’s power isn’t disrupted, and that potentially dangerous situations are avoided, during windy and stormy conditions.

“I encourage our Western Downs residents to grab a copy of the ‘Think Smart, Plant Smart’ brochure from any of our Customer Service Centres, or by visiting Council’s website, before starting any tree planting activities on their properties, as choosing the right trees to plant near powerlines can save you time, effort and money.”

For more information about the program, or advice about planting smart around powerlines, visit or contact the Plant Smart Help Desk on 4728 0705.

Council’s Plant Smart brochure can be downloaded from the Plant Smart webpage.

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