Shepparton and Cobram firewood collection areas set to close
Monday 20 March, 2017
The designated firewood collection areas at Darcy’s Bend, Shepparton, and the collection area at Cobram East, will close at midnight on Wednesday 22 March 2017.
High public demand has depleted the planned supply of firewood before the end of the autumn collection season.
The nearest open designated firewood collection areas for Shepparton residents are at Rushworth and Violet Town.
The nearest open designated firewood collection area for Cobram residents is at Barmah.
Further details of these collection areas can be found at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/
“Domestic firewood from designated firewood collection areas on public land is a limited resource that needs to be managed without impacting forest health,” said Daniel McLaughlin, District Manager Northern Rivers, Parks Victoria.
Parks Victoria rangers and Forest Fire Management Victoria staff will continue to patrol firewood collection areas as well as forests, parks and reserves to make sure people abide by the closures.
“We encourage people to do the right thing and use other nearby open designated firewood collection areas. On the spot fines and heavy penalties apply to people collecting from closed areas. Penalties including imprisonment can apply for serious offences,” said Mr McLaughlin.
Further information about firewood collection including regulations is available at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood
For more information on firewood concessions and Department of Health and Human Services Non-Mains Energy Concessions call 1800 658 521 or visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/concessions
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