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Firewood donation provides comfort for war widows

Thursday 8 August, 2013

A firewood donation to war widows in the community has helped take the bite out of winter.

The Numurkah-Nathalia Group of Melbourne Legacy coordinated the donation from Parks Victoria to support Legacy widows living in the area from Barmah to Katamatite.

Legacy Branch President Colin Lowe said the firewood donation goes a long way in providing peace of mind for these women who rely on a steady supply of firewood for cooking or to stay warm.

“Just knowing that the firewood supply has been arranged provides some extra comfort and security throughout the winter, and helps keep some valuable dollars in their purse,” said Colin.

Acting Parks Victoria Ranger in Charge Wayne Morgan said firewood has been delivered to places in Nathalia, Strathmerton and Katunga after it was seized during a compliance operation.

“We have been working together with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Victoria Police to tackle illegal firewood collection in local parks and reserves,” said Wayne.

“We usually relocate seized wood back into the forest where it can provide an important habitat for wildlife or be used as park furniture,” said Wayne.

“In this case, the wood was chopped into smaller pieces and was of low habitat value so we decided to donate it back into the local community.”

“At the same time Parks Victoria is urging the community to help protect the forest and wildlife in Barmah National Park by adhering to the firewood collection rules.”

“If you need to buy firewood throughout the season, check that you are buying it from a legal source to help reduce the demand for illegal firewood,” he said.

Firewood collection is only allowed from designated collection areas in the autumn season (1 March – 30 June) and the spring season (1 September – 30 November).

Firewood collection is subject to available supply, fire danger ratings, wet weather and other conditions determining safe access to tracks and forest areas.

Heavy penalties apply to those that do not comply with regulations.

For more information on firewood visit: or call 136 186

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0459 847 881

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