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Spring domestic firewood collection season opens 1 September

Friday 23 August, 2013

The Spring 2013 Firewood Collection Season will open across Victoria at the beginning of next month, Sunday 1 September 2013.

Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Statewide Land and Fire Coordinator Rob Price said: "We want to remind people that, from the 1st of September 2013, designated firewood collection areas will open after being closed during winter.”

“Once these sites are open it will be legal for people to collect firewood for domestic use on public land until the Spring Firewood Collection Season ends on 30 November 2013,” Mr Price said.

“Anyone wanting to collect firewood during the Spring Firewood Collection Season should be aware that designated firewood collection areas may be closed for various reasons including because the supply in that area has already been exhausted, fire danger, flooding and other conditions determining safe access to tracks and forest.”

“Access to parks and state forests for firewood collection in some parts of Victoria will be subject to flooding and wet weather conditions. Access to Barmah National Park is currently closed. People are advised to check the DEPI website to see what’s open before they travel.”

Special conditions are in place for the collection of sawlog residue from some former logging coupes as a source of domestic firewood in designated parts of the Barmah National Park.

To ensure the sustainability of supply, collection in Barmah National Park is restricted to residents of the shires of Campaspe and Moira, the City of Greater Shepparton, and the Yorta Yorta people.

DEPI and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing.

Firewood collection is only permitted during designated times of the year and from designated firewood collection areas. Firewood collected at these sites is for personal use only and can't be sold. Official signs will display the rules and collection limits.

Typical on the spot fines are around $577. Offences that go to court may be liable for fines up to $7218, one year imprisonment or both. 

For more information and updates visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/forestry-and-land-use/forest-management/firewood or call the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

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