Powerline Replacement Fund - a Victorian Government initiative

The Powerline Replacement Fund (PRF)

The PRF is part of the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program (PBSP) and will see powerlines in the highest risk bushfire areas replaced with insulated overhead conductor and/or underground cable, which are both less likely to start a fire.

This program complements Powercor's extensive bushfire mitigation programs which operate all year round to ensure our customers and assets are protected as much as possible against the risk of bushfires.

 

To date, Poweror has completed works costing $32 million in the Colac, Otways and Surfcoast shires, removing over 100 kilometres of bare wire and installing 230 kilometres of underground powerlines.

 

A step by step guide to planning and process

  • An extensive planning process is undertaken before construction commences.

  • The Victorian Government advises Powercor of Local Government Areas to target.

  • Powercor identifies specific project areas to replace powerlines.

  • The project undergoes several evaluation stages to ensure the cultural and environmental impacts from the construction work is minimised.

  • Plans are submitted to the local council for planning permit approval.

  • The council manages the planning application as per existing council planning processes.

  • Powercor commences construction once the planning permit has been approved.

Once the planing permit has been approved, you will see us out and about installing new powerlines. Our work will include trenching of certain roads to lay underground cable, installing and jointing of cables on our poles and on the roadside and retiring specific overhead wires and poles.

There will also be planned outages towards the end of each construction period to enable us to change over existing customers from the old overhead network to the new underground or covered conductor network.  You will be notified of these at least 4 business days in advance, by mail. We will always make every effort to keep outage time to a minimum.

Twelve months after construction is completed for each project, a post construction assessment by an independent arborist is undertaken to assess that no trees have been inadvertently lost or damaged due to our works,