Managing Bush Fire Risk

Protecting our people and the community continues to be our highest priority.

During the tragic bush fires of January 2020 TransGrid worked closely with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and other authorities to enable safe and efficient electricity transmission throughout New South Wales and the ACT.  

Bush fire safety

The TransGrid Electricity Network Safety Management System – Annual Report specifically focuses on bush fire compliance and reporting.  This assessment has identified foreseeable threats posed by our assets and activities that could cause a bush fire, as well as the risk to our assets from bush fire. The assessment has also identified specified controls that we have applied to ensure the risk of bush fire to TransGrid and the community is as low as practicably possible. Our Managing Bush Fire Risk fact sheet outlines the procedures we have in place to minimise the risks of bush fire around our assets and communities where we operate.

Reporting issues

For TransGrid assets, call our emergency number 1800 027 253 whenever you see issues such as:

  • Fallen powerlines
  • Damaged power poles or tower structures
  • Vegetation and tree encroachment or powerlines.

Do not approach fallen powerlines as these can induce dangerous voltages many meters from the conductor.

Preparing for bush fire season

The RFS has a number of tools and fact sheets available to assist you in preparing for bush fire season including:

NSW Bush Fire Inquiry

The NSW Government independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bush fire season has been completed with the Final Report now available.  TransGrid is formulating a formal response to the NSW Government with regards to recommendations made.  Further information will be available here once the response is finalised and issued.