The Autumn Firewood Collection Season for 2017 starts across Victoria next Wednesday (1st of March 2017) and will close on Friday the 30th of June.
Forest Fire Management Victoria spokesperson Peter Kambouris said: “Once the firewood collection season is underway, it’s important that people only collect firewood from within designated firewood collection areas and stay within collection limits.”
“This includes taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per financial year.”
“Designated collection areas are put in place to protect sites of cultural and environmental significance. Also, some households rely on firewood for winter energy so consider others when taking wood,” Mr Kambouris said.
“People should check where designated collection areas are in their local area. They should also check local weather and forest conditions to make sure it’s safe before collecting firewood.”
“Availability of dry firewood will vary across collection areas throughout the state. Green wood only is likely to be available at some areas and will burn best if split and stored correctly for up to 12 months.
“The felling of any trees for firewood is strictly prohibited. Authorised officers will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing while collecting their firewood. Concealed cameras may be installed on areas of public land where firewood is being removed illegally to assist with evidence collection."
For more information go to: www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood or call 136 186. From the 1st of March, maps showing designated collection areas will be available through the website.
Permission from local government is needed for the collection of firewood from roadsides under their management. VicRoads does not currently allow firewood collection on roadsides it manages. Roadside collection of firewood in State forests is only allowed in a designated collection area
Infringement Notices for illegal firewood collection are $622.00, with maximum penalties for offences under the Forest Act 1958 standing at $7,773.00, one year imprisonment or both.
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 Axe.
Ararat Wind Farm Powering Ahead
Ararat’ s new wind farm – the third largest in Australia – was officially opened. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’ Ambrosio visited the 240MW wind farm, which is generating enough
Shiny Daisy-bush moves back home
Thirteen threatened Shiny Daisy-bush plants (Olearia passerinoides subsp. glutescens) moved house this week from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne to Inglewood State Forest in Central Victoria. Thirteen threatened Shiny Daisy-bush plants
Boosting Victoria’s Renewable Energy Exports
The Andrews Labor Government is backing a major new solar power plant that will support local jobs and the development of Victoria’ s renewable energy technology exports. Minister Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’ Ambrosio announced
Operation Block Splitter – Red Gum firewood seized
Officers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have seized a commercial quantity of illegally cut Red Gum firewood from a property near Norong, near Rutherglen. DELWP Senior Forest Investigator, Greg Chant, said: “ A