APPLY NOW FOR FUNDING TO UNDERGROUND YOUR PRIVATE OVERHEAD ELECTRIC LINE (POEL)

APPLY NOW FOR FUNDING TO UNDERGROUND YOUR PRIVATE OVERHEAD ELECTRIC LINE (POEL) – IN EAST GIPPSLAND, TOWONG AND ALPINE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS

The Victorian Government’s $5 million Private Overhead Electric Line (POEL) Scheme is open and accepting applications across all high-risk bushfire areas of Alpine, Towong and East Gippsland.

The POEL Scheme fully funds the replacement of eligible overhead electric lines on private properties in these areas, which were most impacted by bushfires in the summer of 2019-20.

Removing old uninsulated (‘bare-wire’) powerlines and replacing them with an underground connection helps reduce powerline bushfire ignitions and increases community safety and resilience for regional and rural Victorians.

To date, the Victorian Government has replaced 734 kilometres of bare-wire overhead powerlines across the state to reduce the risk of powerlines starting bushfires.

Applications are now open – subject to available funding.

To find out more or to apply, please visit: https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/electricity/powerline-replacement or contact the POEL Scheme project team on: (03) 9918 7315 or at safer.powerlines@delwp.vic.gov.au.

 

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