We maintain electrical lines to the first point of contact of your property, that is, to the house, the building or the first pole of the property. All lines beyond the first post of the property belong to the owner and the felling of trees on those lines is the responsibility of the owner. It is your responsibility to prune any trees or vegetation on your property that is too close to or in contact with power lines. A living tree can conduct electricity; a dead tree usually doesn't (unless it's wet, such as during a storm).
If trees grow through power lines, telephone lines, cable TV lines and are on municipal land, it is necessary to contact the relevant electric, telephone or television company, or the council to prune the trees. Sometimes tree pruning does not solve the problem, especially if the wrong type of tree has been planted under the power line. According to the Act, a “tree” is more than most people consider a tree, a single trunk with branches and leaves that rise to a significant height, such as a rubber tree, a fig tree, or a fruit tree. If the removal or damage to the tree is related to a development, please read below the illegal logging of trees for a development before contacting Tree Lopping Townsville.
If you think someone has removed a tree or deliberately damaged it on public or private land, please let us know. You can get a fine if you damage a tree that has a VPO protecting you; even if the tree is causing problems on your land. A tree owner may also be liable under ordinary negligence principles if the tree causes damage or injury that the neighbor should have anticipated and that, with reasonable care, could have been prevented. For more information on removing trees from private land, see Removing Trees: Private Land.
Never climb or prune a tree that is in contact with an electrical cable, either a main utility line or the service line that leads to your home. You may think that working in the trees or shrubs near your home's service line is safer than working near the high voltage secondary distribution lines on the street pole, but that's simply not true. If you think a tree on public land requires evaluation, tree pruning, maintenance, or removal for other purposes, go to “Tree Lopping Townsville” later on the page.
Townsville Tree Lopping Services
30 Sunderland St
Garbutt QLD 4814
(07) 4243 4100