Park fire­wood short­age eases

Southern Riverina news - - News -

The lo­cal fire­wood short­age has eased with Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice (NPWS) in­creas­ing ton­nage lim­its and open­ing a new col­lec­tion zone in Mur­ray Val­ley Na­tional Park.

Do­mes­tic fire­wood col­lec­tors may now take three tonnes of fire­wood per per­mit.

Col­lec­tors were pre­vi­ously re­stricted to one tonne per per­mit.

Mem­ber for Mur­rayDar­ling John Wil­liams, who made the an­nounce­ment last week, said the one-tonne limit had been in place due to re­cent for­est flood­ing.

‘‘This was to en­able fair ac­cess for all to the wood which was ac­ces­si­ble,’’ he said.

‘‘Con­di­tions have dried out in the col­lec­tion ar­eas, en­abling the nor­mal three-tonne per li­cence limit to be re­in­stated.’’

Up un­til re­cently, there was only one fire­wood col­lec­tion zone, Warri Yards, open to the public and it was re­port­edly run­ning out of fire­wood.

Now the Quam­bies col­lec­tion zone - via Tay­lor’s Bridge off the Cobb Hwy turn-off to Gulpa For­est, on Dud­ley’s Rd - has been opened.

‘‘About 100 hectares of the site is ac­ces­si­ble cur­rently with more ar­eas still to dry out,’’ a Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice (NPWS) spokesper­son said.

‘‘This site is north of the Warri Yards site and in an area most re­cently har­vested.

‘‘This site has pre­vi­ously been un­avail­able while tim­ber har­vest­ing op­er­a­tions could be fi­nalised and ac­cess to this site un­til now has been re­stricted due to flood­ing.

‘‘Also gen­er­ally, the sit­u­a­tion is be­ing mon­i­tored.

‘‘We are hop­ing to open an area in Moira in the not too dis­tant fu­ture. That con­tin­ues to re­quire fur­ther dry­ing be­fore safe ac­cess.’’

When asked why there was not a col­lec­tion zone closer to Fin­ley and other south­ern Rive­rina towns, the spokesper­son said: ‘‘As pre­vi­ously an­swered, this is around suit­able lev­els of fire­wood’’.

NSW En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Robyn Parker also re­cently an­nounced a nine hectare ‘thin­ning’ demon­stra­tion site in the Na­tional Park.

If all goes well, Ms Parker said a wider 396ha trial could get un­der­way in spring.

Tim­ber har­vested from the site will be made avail­able as fire­wood, how­ever the SOUTH­ERN RIVE­RINA NEWS be­lieves it could be about 12 months be­fore the fire­wood dries out enough to burn.

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