You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Please do not collect firewood from Wimmera Heritage River


Please do not collect firewood from Wimmera Heritage River

Friday 19 May, 2017

Parks Victoria is reminding the community that firewood collection and removal from the Wimmera Heritage River is not permitted.

A fine and infringement notice has recently been issued after an individual was caught on remote camera illegally harvesting firewood from the area.

Parks Victoria is seeking to raise awareness of the river’s significant natural, cultural and social values and provide information about what activities are permitted.

District Manager Gavan Mathieson said, “The Wimmera Heritage River is one of only 18 Heritage Rivers in the state. There are just four in Western Victoria.

“The river is a much-loved feature of the Wimmera landscape, and offers boating, camping, fishing, bushwalking and swimming. Mature trees, wildlife and birds make it a perfect place for families and visitors to enjoy.

“The River is especially significant for its rich Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. Scar trees and middens occur along the length of the river. Parks Victoria co-manages the river with Traditional Owners through the Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC) which is the appointed trustee for Native Title rights and interests.”

BGLC CEO Michael Stewart said, “The Wimmera River, part of a successful Native Title determination in 2005, has extreme importance to the Wotjobaluk peoples and all heritage sites are protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.”

Mr Mathieson said firewood collection and removal from the Wimmera River is illegal at all times.

“It is illegal to collect wood without permission from most areas of the bush. Heavy penalties apply and may include a custodial sentence. Penalties also apply to anyone caught selling illegally harvested timber.

“If you see anyone doing the wrong thing, please contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or DELWP Customer Service Centre on 13 6186. Information is treated confidentially. Photos of vehicle registration details can help.”

Mr Mathieson said that a multi-agency approach to caring for the river and catchment was the best way forward. “Parks Victoria is working with Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP), Traditional Owners and the broader community to manage this stunning natural asset for everyone to enjoy.”

The Heritage River is a 229km section of the Wimmera River system, running between Polkemmet Bridge, 10km north-west of Horsham, and the Wirrengren Plain in Wyperfield National Park, covering 56,020ha. It has been proclaimed a Victorian Heritage River due to its significant environmental and social values. (Heritage Rivers Act 1992).

Media enquiries

Maryanne Ross
0417 228 525

Parks Victoria media centre

Recent Stories

Trial to test Food Truck revolution in Victoria’s parks

Tuesday 15 August, 2017
Parks Victoria has called mobile traders for expressions of interest to offer food and beverage services as part of a…

Trial to float Melbourne’s love of food on Yarra River

Tuesday 15 August, 2017
Parks Victoria is offering a unique business opportunity for the provision of a floating food and beverage businesses, as part…

Man fined for carrying firearms into Alpine National Park

Wednesday 9 August, 2017
Parks Victoria has successfully prosecuted a Mirboo North man for possession of firearms and dogs in the Alpine National Park.The…

Shallow depth warning for Patterson River entrance

Friday 4 August, 2017
Parks Victoria has issued a shallow depth warning to recreational boat operators after unseasonal conditions increased natural sand movements along…

Henderson’s Picnic Area reopens after clean-up

Friday 4 August, 2017
The popular Henderson’s Picnic Area at Maroondah Reservoir is now open to visitors.The reopening means all areas of Maroondah Reservoir…

106 million reasons to celebrate World Ranger Day

Friday 28 July, 2017
Most park rangers think their job is the best in the world.Celebrating park rangers and their passion for the wilderness…

View all media releases