The Autumn 2019 Firewood Collection Season will close across Victoria at the end of the month.
Forest Fire Management Victoria’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer Tony English, Grampians Region said: “After Sunday 30 June, all designated firewood collection areas will be closed.
“Once closed, it will be illegal for people to collect firewood on public land until the Spring Firewood Collection Season opening on 1 September 2019,” Mr English said.
“Firewood collection may have already finished in some parts of the state where rainfall has affected track conditions and made it unsafe to collect or where supplies have been exhausted.
“It’s important that people only collect firewood from designated firewood collection areas on public land and stay within collection limits.
“Designated collection areas are put in place to protect sites of cultural and environmental significance.
“The felling of any trees for firewood is strictly prohibited. Authorised officers are patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing while collecting their firewood.
“We want to remind the public that firewood can only be taken from designated collection areas in state forests or parks during approved times and for personal use only and cannot be sold.
“It is important to stay within collection limits, which are in place to prevent households stockpiling large volumes of firewood from public land and denying others a supply.
“Firewood is a shared public resource that provides a range of environmental values including land protection, waterway health and habitats for native wildlife, and needs to be managed in a sustainable way for the future.
“Collection limits include taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per financial year.”
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 up to $8,059, or a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment or both, if the matter proceeded to Court.