Spring fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son closes this week

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

THE spring 2016 fi re­wood col­lec­tion sea­son closes across Vic­to­ria to­day (Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 30).

“From Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 1, all des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas will be closed over the sum­mer pe­riod, and it will be il­le­gal for peo­ple to col­lect fire­wood on pub­lic land un­til the start of the au­tumn fire­wood col­lec­tion sea­son,” For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria - re­gional man­ager for­est and fire op­er­a­tions Peter Kam­bouris said.

“The pub­lic will be able to start col­lect­ing fire­wood again from des­ig­nated fire­wood col­lec­tion ar­eas from March 1, 2017, pend­ing suit­able con­di­tions.”

For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria staff will be pa­trolling parks, forests and re­serves t o en­sure peo­ple are do­ing the right thing.

Fire­wood col­lec­tion is only per­mit­ted dur­ing des­ig­nated times of the year and from des­ig­nated col­lec­tion ar­eas for per­sonal use only and can­not be sold.

Typ­i­cal on-the-spot fines are around $622 and for of­fences that go to court, a per­son may be li­able for fines up to $7773, one year im­pris­on­ment or both.

For more i nfor­ma­tion and up­dates visit www. delwp. vic. g ov. a u / f i r ewood, y o u r n e a r - est DELWP of­fice or call t he Cus­tomer Ser­vice Cen­tre on 136 186.

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’.

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