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Autumn firewood season – Barmah Island

Friday 23 February, 2018


The autumn firewood collection season for 2018 starts across Victoria on Thursday 1 March and closes on 30 June.

Domestic firewood on public land is a limited resource that needs to be carefully managed. Future collection from Parks Victoria managed land will be subject to access and supply.

Following community consultation along the Murray River access to firewood at Barmah Island will be targeted to locals. Those eligible to collect firewood are:

1. Residents from the postcode 3639 (Barmah, Lower Moira, Picola, Picola West)

2. Residents of the Moira and Campaspe shires with a current concession card (Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans Affairs Gold Card)

3. Persons who are, or are eligible to be, members of the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

To sustainably manage future firewood supply, Parks Victoria will assess the remaining supply of firewood at Barmah Island two weeks into the autumn season. If supply levels allow, access to firewood may be extended to other residents of the Moira and Campaspe Shires.

Alternative sources of firewood include unrestricted public firewood collection areas across Victoria or commercial suppliers.

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria District Manager, Daniel McLaughlin

"Parks Victoria will patrol firewood collection areas and may ask collectors to prove their address when collecting firewood."

"Parks Victoria rangers will patrol forests, parks and reserves during the firewood collection season to make sure people abide by collection rules and closures."

Future firewood collection from Barmah Island will be subject to access and supply. For information about firewood collection, including collection areas and regulations, visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood


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