SA Power Networks is partnering with the Adelaide Hills Council to trial removing saplings in the Gumeracha area to reduce bushfire risk. The region was chosen for the trial as it has had significant regrowth since the Sampson Flat fires in January 2015.
SA Power Networks is required to manage vegetation under powerlines. The removal of saplings will reduce their need to undertake clearance in these areas over time.
The trial will take place in June and July 2018 and involve the removal of saplings in 69 spans (a span is the distance between two poles). Removal will be undertaken on both public roadsides and on public/ private land. The clearance area includes Gumeracha Weir, Chain of Ponds and Forreston and a focus on Checkers Hill which has a heavy concentration of saplings. Following the removal of saplings revegetation works will be undertaken to ensure any bare ground is covered with low maintenance and diverse native grasses.
For more information on the trial please call Alex Lewis (SA Power Networks) on 8404 5433 or Steven Brooks (Adelaide Hills Council) on 8408 0547.