TransGrid has cut down trees and shrubs from a public reserve in Tolland that the power network company itself replanted 11 years ago after they were mistakenly cleared.
This time around, TransGrid apparently has a new policy that mandates the vegetation be removed from under power lines and will not offer any remedial action.
Back in 2008, TransGrid apologised after cutting back trees to their stumps on the reserve between Leavenworth Drive and Jamie Place, which contains three power lines on tall concrete poles.
Contractors for the company went a step further on Wednesday, cutting the replanted vegetation down to ground level.
Real estate agent Anthony Paul, who lives just uphill from the reserve, said the "massacre of Leavenworth Drive" had been repeated.
"History repeating would be a good statement," he said.
"[In 2008] the regional boss from Yass came here and said 'we have made a mistake, we shouldn't have done that and we'll come back and plant some trees'."
Mr Paul said the replanted bottlebrush shrubs did not grow as high as the original trees and remained a considerable distance from the power lines.
"They were trees that were not going to grow much higher than six feet and that's why TransGrid planted them," he said.
Mr Paul contacted TransGrid on Thursday morning to make a complaint and he said a couple of hours later the company responded that the reserve was cleared under a new policy.
"They rang me to explain that since the Black Saturday fires in Victoria they have changed their policies and they are completely clearing all easements of all vegetation as they are all fire traps," Mr Paul said.
TransGrid did not respond before publication to questions about the reserve being cleared and any new policies around bushfire risk.
TransGrid's website states that its "objectives are to ensure the safety of the general public and of all workers on the network, the protection of all property and the management of risks caused by bushfire and the loss of electricity supply".
Mr Paul said if TransGrid's apparent policy was applied to all areas, then "the government should remove all trees on Willans Hill.
"Also all trees under power lines in all streets of Wagga should be removed," he said.
Not everyone living near the reserve was opposed to TransGrid's actions, with one of Mr Paul's neighbour's describing the clearing works as "wonderful" as it removed a hiding spot for snakes.
Mr Paul said the loss of the vegetation would affect other people who used the reserve's trail, which connected to Willans Hill and the Wiradjuri Walking Track.
"A lady came through here and said ' What's happened? I walk here every day and its beautiful among the trees'," Mr Paul said.
"She was horrified."