The Autumn Firewood Collection Season for 2018 starts across Victoria open on Thursday, March 1 and closes on June 30.
Hume Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gill Metz reminded people that it will once again be legal to collect firewood from designated areas on public land across Victoria during this period.
More information and updates, including interactive maps showing designated collection areas, will be available on www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood from March 1 , or you can call 136 186 to find out more.
“DELWP and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to make sure people are doing the right thing while collecting their firewood,” Mr Metz said.
“It’s important that people only collect firewood from designated collection areas in State forests or parks where collection is allowed, and to 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. This is to prevent households stockpiling large volumes of firewood from public land and denying others a supply.
“The felling of any trees for firewood by members of the public is strictly prohibited.”
The amount of domestic firewood available across Victoria is varied and some households rely on firewood for winter energy, so consider others when taking firewood.
“Some firewood collection areas may be part of the autumn planned burning program, so it’s important that you check where burns are happening as affected firewood collection areas may be closed at short notice. Go to www.ffm.vicvic.gov.au/plannedburn, download the VicEmergency app or call 1800 226 226.”
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 an infringement notice of $634, or a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $7,928 or both, if the matter proceeded to Court.
Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186.