Proposed changes: distance between vegetation and electricity poles and wires


ActewAGL Distribution is proposing to the ACT Government that changes be made to the regulations that govern the required distance that vegetation must be kept from electricity infrastructure in the ACT.

Vegetation clearances are an important part of ActewAGL Distribution’s Bushfire Management Strategy that helps to ensure the safety of our community during bushfire season.

ActewAGL Distribution is proposing to change the minimum distances that vegetation is required to be kept from power poles and wires.

Who will this affect?

The proposed new distances relate to rural and bushfire abatement zones within the ACT including power lines within some Canberra Nature Parks. There are also changes proposed to vegetation clearance requirements around power poles within the suburbs and backyards of Canberra.

ActewAGL Distribution is interested in hearing feedback from the community on what’s proposed.  A discussion paper has been released that outlines the changes. 

How to find out more

ActewAGL is also hosting two community meetings to provide further information, answer questions and gather feedback.  These are being held as follows:

  • Tuesday 2 February 2016, 12 – 2pm Ground floor, ActewAGL House, 40 Bunda Street, Civic
  • Wednesday 3, February 2016 5 -7pm Ground floor, ActewAGL House, 40 Bunda Street, Civic

Registration for the workshops is essential. This can be done online and further information is available here or by emailing 

Feedback on the proposed changes can be provided directly to ActewAGL Distribution by emailing  Comments should be received by 12 February 2016.