17 May 2017 UPDATE
Watch as we go behind the scenes of the Tree Guild's WA Tree Climbing Championships, where safety, speed and skill were on show. View the list of winners here. Western Power is a proud partner of the Tree Guild WA. If you have trees on your property that are too close to powerlines, always use a qualified arborist to cut them back safely.
12 May 2017
It may have taken humans millions of years to come down from the trees but these climbers take just seconds to get back up there.
Professional climbers, arborists and abseiling enthusiasts will go head-to-head this Saturday during the WA Tree Guild’s annual Tree Climbing Championships at Perry Lakes.
Western Power says with a taste of winter weather potentially heading our way this weekend the event comes as a timely reminder to check vegetation on your property.
During a storm event over 60 percent of outages are caused by trees and vegetation falling or being blown into powerlines, which also creates potential safety hazards.
Property owners and occupiers are responsible for ensuring trees on their property stay clear of powerlines all year round.
When dealing with trees near powerlines Western Power recommends the use of professional, qualified arborists to safely prune back branches which may contact.
If anyone does see a fallen powerline or damage to the network they should stay at least eight metres clear and Make the Safe Call to Western Power on 13 13 51 to report the hazard.
The day will see competitors battle it out over multiple events including speed climbing and are judged based on safety, speed, poise and initiative.
Winners will compete at the national tree climbing championships later this year.
Perry Lakes Reserve, Floreat, WA
Saturday 13th May 2017 – 7.00am – 7.00pm