Fire­wood can be col­lected

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

The spring fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son on pub­lic land is un­der way.

Res­i­dents are re­minded they can only col­lect fire­wood from 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.’’ Re­gional For­est Man­age­ment and Road­ing act­ing co­or­di­na­tor Dave Pasz­tal­e­niec said.

Some des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas may not yet be open for var­i­ous rea­sons, in­clud­ing sup­ply or ac­ces­si­bil­ity due to wet con­di­tions.

‘‘DELWP and Parks Vic­to­ria staff will be pa­trolling parks, forests and re­serves to en­sure peo­ple are do­ing the right thing,’’ Mr Pasz­tal­e­niec 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 fire­wood col­lected on pub­lic land with­out an ap­pro­pri­ate per­mit or 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 pro­ceeds to court.

Any in­for­ma­tion the com­mu­nity may have about the il­le­gal re­moval of fire­wood for sale can be re­ported to DELWP on 136 186.

More in­for­ma­tion and up­dates about fire­wood col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing the lo­ca­tion of fire­wood coupes, is avail­able at

Sea­son open: Res­i­dents can now col­lect fire­wood from des­ig­nated col­lec­tion ar­eas.

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