Robinvale firewood collection areas to open this weekend
Wednesday 15 March, 2017
Firewood collection from public land in the Robinvale area will open to the public on Saturday 18 March 2017.
Locations of the Robinvale collection areas can be viewed at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood from 18 March.
There will be no firewood collection available from public land in Mildura due to recent flooding. The ground in these areas is too soft to allow access for heavy machinery needed to harvest the wood. Mildura residents can access firewood from the collection areas near Robinvale.
To ensure local residents have access to firewood, collection from Robinvale will be restricted to residents living within the Mildura Rural City Council or Swan Hill Rural City Council areas.
The delayed start to the firewood collection season is in response to community feedback in relation to ongoing hot weather and seasonal agricultural activity.
Kym Schramm, Parks Victoria District Manager North West, said firewood was a limited natural resource and Parks Victoria could not guarantee availability for the entire length of the firewood season.
“Firewood is a limited resource that needs to be managed without impacting forest health,” said Mr Schramm. “To help maintain forest health and ensure equitable access to firewood, we remind people to check the firewood collection regulations before taking firewood, and think of others who rely on firewood to heat their homes in winter.”
Concession cardholders, including those who carry a Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans Affairs Gold Card, can only collect firewood at their respective restricted designated firewood collection area or any designated firewood collection area across the state that does not have restrictions.
Authorised officers will be monitoring firewood collection sites to ensure regulations are followed. Firewood collectors may be asked to prove their address when collecting firewood.
For more information about the rules and regulations about firewood collection or for alternate firewood collection areas, visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood or call the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186 and quote Operation Blocksplitter.
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