Powerline safety work sparks outrage
It is meant to protect us from the threat of bushfire and safeguard our electricity supplies, but vegetation clearance under powerlines has again sparked anger among Hills residents.
ETSA Utilities contractors working in the region this month have come under attack from landowners and locals who say they are heavy-handed in their work.
But the power network provider has defended the trimming, saying it is only doing what is required by law in bushfire risk areas.
Hahndorf resident Jeff Bettcher hit out at ETSA Utilities this week after historic trees at the entrance to his town were pruned without consultation with the Mt Barker Council.
“These are heritage trees that should be looked at and considered carefully,” he said.