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Firewood collection call

Updated: Apr 14, 2021

MURRAY Plains MP Peter Walsh has condemned a decision by the State Government to leave a massive slice of Victoria without immediate access to firewood collection.

Mr Walsh has told Parliament it would be a very cold winter this year for all the households in northern Victoria who relied on firewood for heating “because the Andrews Government has effectively excluded all those households from Echuca to the South Australian border from being able to go and collect firewood”.

He said even though there were hundreds of hectares nearby that were more than suitable for collecting firewood, the government through Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, could not have planned a bigger mess if they tried.

He asked the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, to have a heart and show some compassion for those northern Victorians wanting to access firewood.

“There is plenty of fallen dead timber on public land across northern Victoria, it just needs the minister to step in and make sure these areas are listed as firewood collection points for those people who so desperately need firewood for heating this winter,” he said.

The only collection in the Loddon and adjoining areas is in Moliagul State Forest, according to the DELWP website.

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