Had a notice in the mail box when I got home yesterday. It was notifying me that a tree on my property has grown too close to my electrical service line and if I don't correct the problem within 30 days, Western Power will arrange for the work to be done and charged to me at..erm.....quite a bit more than market rates. I don't have a problem with this. I've had similar notices before, complied promptly and all's been well. In this case I've been watching the growth of the tree for a while and thinking I'd have to do something about it soon. Half an hour's fairly leisurely work this weekend will see the matter dealt with appropriately. No, my problem is this. Previously, the notices have been served by Western Power inspection crews who, you'd expect, are principally concerned with maintaining their infrastructure in a safe and reliable condition. All good . But this time, I note that the inspection was carried out and the notice served by ****** Tree Services, although the notice form itself is clearly an official WP publication. Now am I the only person cynical enough to entertain the possibility that giving a tree surgery company the power to issue notices which have some legal standing and require householders to have tree work done may not be an entirely watertight approach? As noted in the thread title, the whole concept of conflict of interest seems completely foreign to an awful lot of areas of WA business and government. This is just the latest example I've come across.