The Powerline Replacement Fund (PRF) will see powerlines in the highest risk bushfire areas replaced with insulated overhead, underground powerlines or new conductor technologies.
Funding for the $200 million PRF is being directed in stages to priority areas identified in conjunction with the Emergency Management Commissioner, Energy Safe Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and technical experts.
The Fund is directed at replacing both High Voltage and Private Overhead Electric Lines in highest priority Local Government Areas. The POEL funding is allocated to the following Local Government Areas:
|Baw Baw||Indigo||Surf Coast|
|Campaspe||Macedon Ranges||Southern Grampians|
|Golden Plains||Moira||Yarra Ranges|
Applications Now Closed
The Private Overhead Electric Line scheme is now closed and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is not accepting any new applications.
Powerline Replacement at Grassmere
Watch this timelapse video showing the replacement of bare-wire powerlines in Grassmere, Victoria as one of the many replacement projects to safeguard regional communities against powerlines starting bushfires.
Private Overhead Electrical Line
See the complex works in action, replacing a private overhead electrical line in Seymour, Victoria including the removal of volcanic rock, crossing a riverbed and observing a heritage building.
High Voltage Line - working to make communities safer
Experience the replacement of high voltages powerlines in the Victorian Otway Ranges with aerial views showing what works look like from all angles.