Tree change extended to Port Lincoln

TREE trimming near power lines will be less drastic in Port Lincoln from now on as the state government has extended guidelines used in Adelaide to include a number of regional cities.

Energy and Mining Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the policy change would allow trees to grow through low voltage powerlines.

"Trees play a critical role in making urban and township environments attractive places to live, and the allowing vegetation to grow through low voltage powerlines will end the practice of disfiguring trees for no tangible safety benefit," Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.

The same regulations were put in place for Adelaide in 2010.

Mr van Holst Pellekaan said the changes would help improve the urban canopy and would air pollution, reduce the heat island effect and support more birdlife.

"Reducing the need for tree trimming complements the Marshall Government's efforts to bring down electricity bills in South Australia by reducing the cost of delivering electricity to households and small businesses," he said.

In a related move, Wudinna has been moved to non-bushfire risk status that will also result in less vegetation being trimmed.