Spring fire­wood col­lec­tion pe­riod gets un­der­way

Myrtleford Times - - News -

LOOK OUT: FFMVic and Parks Vic­to­ria staff will be pa­trolling to en­sure fire­wood col­lec­tors are do­ing the right thing.

THE spring fire­wood col­lec­tion pe­riod be­gan on Satur­day and up un­til Novem­ber 30 it will once again be le­gal to col­lect fire­wood from des­ig­nated ar­eas on pub­lic land.

Peo­ple may col­lect up to two cu­bic me­tres of fire­wood per per­son per day, and up to 16 cu­bic me­tres per house­hold per year.

To man­age fu­ture fire­wood sup­ply, there will be no fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas in River Red Gum parks with fu­ture col­lec­tion from those ar­eas sub­ject to ac­cess and sup­ply.

For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria Hume as­sis­tant chief fire of­fi­cer, Jar­rod Hayse said some des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas may not be open right away for var­i­ous rea­sons, in­clud­ing sup­ply or ac­ces­si­bil­ity due to wet con­di­tions.

He also said fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas that have pro- posed burns within them may be closed early and at short no­tice to al­low burn­ing op­er­a­tions to be un­der­taken safely.

FFMVic and Parks Vic­to­ria staff will be pa­trolling parks, forests and re­serves to make sure peo­ple are do­ing the right thing while col­lect­ing their fire­wood.

“The felling of any trees for fire­wood is strictly pro­hib­ited and it’s also il­le­gal to sell fire- wood col­lected on pub­lic land without an ap­pro­pri­ate per­mit or li­cence,” Mr Hayse said.

Peo­ple caught do­ing the wrong thing could face fines of up to $7928, or a max­i­mum penalty of one year im­pris­on­ment or both, if the mat­ter is pre­ceded to court.

Any in­for­ma­tion about the il­le­gal re­moval of fire­wood for sale can be re­ported to DELWP on 136 186, quot­ing Operation Saw­dust. LEVI James Pape was born on Fri­day, Au­gust 24 at 8.16am and weighed 7lb 1oz. He is the son of Jenna and James Pape of Myrtle­ford.

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