Fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son opens

Alpine Observer - - News -

OVENS AND Kiewa val­leys’ res­i­dents can start stock­ing up their wood­sheds in prepa­ra­tion for next win­ter with the open­ing of the spring 2017 fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son.

The sea­son of­fi­cially opened on Fri­day and act­ing re­gional for­est man­age­ment and road­ing co-or­di­na­tor Dave Pasz­tal­e­niec is re­mind­ing peo­ple to only col­lect fire­wood from des­ig­nated ar­eas.

“Once the fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son is un­der­way it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple only col­lect fire­wood from des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas and stay within the col­lec­tion lim­its,” he said.

“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.”

Mr Pasz­tal­e­niec said some des­ig­nated col­lec­tion ar­eas may not open at the be­gin­ning of spring for var­i­ous rea­sons and en­cour­aged peo­ple to check via the For­est Fire Man­age­ment web­site.

“DELWP and Parks Vic­to­ria staff will be pa­trolling parks, forests and re­serves to en­sure peo­ple are do­ing the right thing,” he said.

“Fire­wood col­lec­tion is only per­mit­ted on pub­lic land dur­ing des­ig­nated times of the year and from des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas. The felling of any trees for fire­wood is strictly pro­hib­ited.

“It is also il­le­gal to sell fire- wood col­lected on pub­lic land with­out an ap­pro­pri­ate per­mit of li­cence or to take more than the al­lowed amount.”

Un­der the For­est Act 1958, peo­ple who col­lect fire­wood out­side des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas or a fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son or take more than the max­i­mum al­low­able amounts can face fines of $634 or, a max­i­mum penalty of one year im­pris­on­ment or a fine of up to $7928 or both, if the mat­ter pro­ceeded to Court.

To find out fire­wood col­lec­tion locations and open­ing dates visit www.ffm.vic.gov. au/fire­wood/fire­wood-col­lec­tion-in-your-re­gion.

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