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Private overhead lines and poles

Owners of private powerlines and poles (including fittings) are responsible to ensure they are 'safe and fit for purpose'.

Network Service Provider's (Network Service Provider (NSP, TasNetworks ) are currently inspecting private assets up to the metering point.

Private power lines and poles extend from the

  1. point of supply, to the point of attachment on the owner's building, pump shed or pole mounted meter and the like.  The point of supply is usually at the first pole (on private land) off the NSPs low voltage feeder, and
  2. owner's building to out buildings, pumps and the like.

If these assets are not maintained there is risk to life and property from bush fires, possible electrocution and being struck by falling objects.

Inspections

Powerlines and poles need to be inspected, tested and certified as 'safe and fit for purpose' on a routine basis. The NSP conducts inspections of private overhead lines and poles up to the customer's metering position and also their own overhead powerlines and poles in the area. These inspections occur every

  • 3.5 - 5 years for treated hardwood poles
  • 3.5 for natural wood and
  • 3.5 - 5 years for steel poles.

The inspection and testing of the overhead powerline and poles may identify work to be undertaken. This work may include the

  • replacement of the pole, crossarms, insulators, conductors, or associated fittings
  • need for vegetation to be trimmed or removed to maintain a safe clearance from the overhead assets.

If the overhead powerline and poles are not 'safe and fit for purpose', the NSP is entitled to disconnect the power supply in the interests of safety.

Safety issues

If there are any safety issues identified during the inspection, the NSP will advise us. We will then contact you to advise what needs to be done to rectify the issue.

The owner of private overhead lines and poles should

  • ensure all their overhead lines and poles have been inspected and certified
  • include any overhead lines and poles beyond the customer's metering point. These may require the owner to engage a licensed electrical contractor to perform this type of electrical work.

Vegetation clearing

For vegetation clearing you may use an arborist who has the ability to meet the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 for working near powerlines.

Powerline electrical contractors

A list of licensed electrical contractors able to perform replacement and/or maintenance of powerlines and poles. You should ask your contractor if any additional charges can be expected from TasNetworks.

Powerline electrical contractorContact details
Andrew McConnon ElectricalPhone: 0417 050 431
Fax: 6278 1977
Email: a.mcconnon@hotmail.com
(Servicing: state-wide)
CasElec Contact: Jason Cassidy
Phone: 0408 626 144 or 6243 7502
Email: caselec1@bigpond.com
(Servicing: state-wide) 
Powerlinestas State-wide *

North-West
Contact: Ken Ewington
Phone: 0408 143 331
Email: ken@powerlinestas.net

Web: www.powerlinestas.com.au

Southern Region
Contact: Simon Waddingham
Email: simon@powerlinestas.net
Phone 0455 557 315

Northern Region
Contact: Allan Sewell
Email: allan@powerlinestas.net
Phone: 0438 226 050

Shone Pty Ltd

Contact: Ricky Shelton
Phone: 0457 911 726
(Servicing: North, Central North-West, East Coast and Midlands)

Tassie Pole Inspection

Contact: Paul Aulich
Phone: 0419 382 287 AH 6372 2573
Email: paulgen@bigpond.com
(Servicing: state-wide)

Zinfra (Zinfra Pty Ltd) *

Contact: Zinfra Reception
Phone: 03 6345 2300
Email: zinfraworksmanagement@zinfra.com.au
(Servicing: State-wide)

*  Electrical contractors who are accredited with TasNetworks to perform switching to isolate certain privately owned electricity lines to undertake repairs or replacement. Contractors who do not have this accreditation may be required to engage TasNetworks to undertake switching for isolation.

Contact TasNetworks

Ownership of infrastructure on your property: 1300 13 7008
Fallen powerlines: 132 004
Web: www.tasnetworks.com.au