THE autumn firewood collection season for 2018 starts across Victoria tomorrow and runs until June 30.
Loddon Mallee assistant chief fire officer Scott Falconer said he wanted to remind people it would again be legal to collect firewood from designated areas on public land across Victoria.
“More information and updates, including interactive maps showing designated collection areas, will be available on ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood from March 1 or phone 136186 to find out more,” Mr Falconer said.
“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.
“It’s important 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.
“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 ffm.vicvic.gov.au/plannedburn, download the VicEmergency app or call 1800226226.”
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 $7928 or both.
■Any information about illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186 and quote Operation Block Splitter.