Environmental Management

Think Smart, Plant Smart

Plant Smart is a vegetation management program developed by Ergon Energy and Greening Australia to educate the community on planting appropriate trees under and around powerlines.

The Livingstone Shire Council is leading the way by actively participating in the Plant Smart program to help you choose the right plants for planting near powerlines. This ensures that the trees won’t grow into powerlines, potentially disrupting the power supply to you and your neighbours and bringing live powerlines to the ground in a storm or windy conditions. It also ensures Ergon Energy’s tree management contractors won’t have to remove a tree that you’ve come to love.

On the right is a list of plants of various heights that are suitable for planting under and near powerlines. Your local nursery should be able to assist in identifying the right plant for you. Planting anything else near powerlines is just not worth the risk.