Firewood collection area to close: Robinvale - Belsar Island
Friday 23 March, 2018
The designated domestic firewood collection area at Belsar Island near Robinvale will close on Friday 23 March 2018 because the allocated wood has been collected.
Two firewood collection areas near Robinvale, Pile Bend – Shoe Tree and Piambi – Dead River, remain open but as supply is being exhausted quickly, both are expected to close soon.
The dry firewood available for collection at the Robinvale sites has nearly all been collected. The remaining firewood may be green. Green wood will burn well if cut and stored correctly for 12 months.
Access to firewood collection areas near Robinvale is only available to residents of the Mildura Rural City and Swan Hill Rural City.
Domestic firewood on public land is a limited resource that needs to be managed without impacting forest health. There will be some fallen timber on the ground which needs to be preserved as fauna habitat.
Alternative sources of firewood include other public firewood collection areas across Victoria or commercial suppliers.
When purchasing firewood, ask to see the supplier’s commercial licence. It is an offence to sell domestic firewood collected during the firewood season.
Future firewood collection from Mildura and Robinvale will be subject to access and supply.
For information about firewood collection, including collection areas and regulations, visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood
Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria District Manager, Ian Curwood
“The available supply of firewood has been collected from the Belsar Island site before the end of the autumn collection season, so the site will close early.”
“Our staff will patrol the collection area once it is closed. We encourage people to do the right thing and use alternative sources of firewood. On the spot fines and heavy penalties apply to people collecting from closed areas. Penalties including imprisonment can apply for serious offences.”
Media enquiriesLiz McKenzie
0436 669 524
Parks Victoria media centre