Fire­wood sea­son opens

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More than 100 fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas will be opened in the Hume re­gion as the au­tumn fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son for 2017 starts across Vic­to­ria.

The col­lec­tion ar­eas will open from Wed­nes­day, March 1, and For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria’s as­sis­tant chief fire of­fi­cer of the Hume re­gion Gill Metz said it was piv­otal that peo­ple knew where and how much fire­wood they could col­lect.

‘‘Once the fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son is un­der way, it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple only col­lect fire­wood from des­ig­nated ar­eas and stay within col­lec­tion lim­its,’’ Ms Metz 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.

‘‘Des­ig­nated col­lec­tion ar­eas are put in place to pro­tect sites of cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance. Some house­holds rely on fire­wood for win­ter en­ergy, so con­sider oth­ers when tak­ing wood.’’

There will be 108 fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas open across the Hume re­gion this au­tumn. How­ever, fire dan­ger or flood­ing may re­quire the clo­sure of fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas in some parts of the re­gion.

VicRoads does not cur­rently al­low fire­wood col­lec­tion on road­sides it man­ages, with in­fringe­ment no­tices for il­le­gal Time to col­lect . . . Fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas will be opened in the Hume re­gion from March 1. fire­wood col­lec­tion to­talling a fine of $622, with max­i­mum penal­ties for of­fences un­der the For­est Act 1958 stand­ing at $7773, one year im­pris­on­ment or both.

From March 1, maps show­ing des­ig­nated col­lec­tion ar­eas will be avail­able through the web­site.

The au­tumn fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son closes on Fri­day, June 30.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.delwp.vic.gov.au/fire­wood call 136 186. To check for planned burn­ing sites, go to www.vic.gov.au/ planned­burn and down­load the VicEmer­gency app or call VicEmer­gency on 1800 226 226.

To­day we are an­nounc­ing the win­ners of the Coun­try News Sey­mour Expo colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Young vis­i­tors to the expo were in­vited to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

We are happy to re­port that Jackson Birm­ing­ham, 11, of Sey­mour won the over­all com­pe­ti­tion and Isaac Bennett won Fri­day’s com­pe­ti­tion. On Sat­ur­day, Jared Mioni pro­duced a great en­try, and on Sun­day, Ned Mad­den won.

Each daily win­ner will re­ceive a $50 gift voucher and the over­all win­ner re­ceives a $100 voucher. Coun­try News will be in touch with the win­ners.

Young artist . . . This young man was one of the en­thu­si­asts who en­tered in the Coun­try News Sey­mour Expo colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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