LONG-TIME Dimboola man Richard Griffiths has hit out at Powercor for 'butchering' the town's trees.
Powercor began lopping trees in Horsham Road, Ellerman Street and Upper Regions Street last week.
Mr Griffiths is the latest Wimmera resident to take aim at Powercor for excessive lopping after Kaniva residents expressed their concerns in January and February.
"I love the Wimmera and I am disappointed about the utter carnage and butchering of the trees around Dimboola's power lines," he said.
"We have seen the damage done elsewhere in the Wimmera and that was abysmal, but what they are doing in Dimboola is worse.
"There doesn't seem to be too much commonsense because the trees are being lopped a lot harder than they need to be; they are cutting some trees so hard, the trees are not likely to resprout."
Mr Griffiths said Powercor had outsourced the lopping to vegetation management business Vemco, which then outsourced the work to Rural Energy.
He said his concerns were being ignored.
"We have written to Vemco, rung and had arguments with them but you get no satisfaction," he said.
"It seems again that the country residents who care for their environment are being ignored.
"No one seems to be accountable for any lateral damage."
Hindmarsh councillor Tony Schneider said the lopping could be the 'tip of the iceberg' if trees in other Hindmarsh towns were also trimmed.
"We have a lot of hard-working volunteers trying to make the town look attractive and the approach Powercor takes doesn't assist with that," he said.
"I understand they are working to rules and regulations but hopefully they can exercise some sensibility to the landscape of the town.
"We live in a hot and dry environment, and the towns people visit are the ones that have shade and trees.
"We have a number of significant towns in the shire and they are all going to be affected by this. We don't want them all to be decimated by the hacking of the trees."
Powercor's Lyndall King said lopping and removing trees would help prevent bushfires and supply interruptions.
She said the lopping followed guidelines under the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2010.
"As part of the updated regulations, the minimum clearances and vegetation management cycles have changed with trees needing to be trimmed back further than they have been in the past," she said.
"Powercor has been working with the Hindmarsh Shire Council to gain agreement for the vegetation management works to be carried out around Dimboola.
"Powercor's vegetation management programs aim to keep safe distances between the trees and the powerlines we manage and is essential to Powercor's aim to provide a safe and reliable electricity supply for its customers."