NETcon's Arborists are maintaining the minimum safe distances between power lines and trees.
Since 2014 NETcon has taken over the vegetation control around power lines in the Alpine Energy network and recruited a team of three vegetation controllers. Their main focus is to maintain the minimum safe distances between the power line and the tree.
Steve Williams who had returned from working as a lines man in Australia is in charge of the crew. Andrew Smyth joined the NETcon team from Wellington where he has had over eight years experience as an arborist. And at the end of the 2014 Timaruvian Cameron Edwards started his role after completing the National Certificate in Arboriculture at the Polytech in Dunedin.
Early 2015 NETcon bought a Ford Ranger fitted out for all aspects of arboriculture for working in the vicinity of power lines. The vehicle is equipped with chainsaws, climbing and safety gear. Its use is not limited to work in the electricity industry and arboriculture services will be available to other companies.
The main focus at this stage is to keep high voltage lines clear. The crew was recently working in the Te Moana region at the back of Geraldine where they cut approx. 60 trees near power lines.