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Last day for firewood

Residents will not be able to collect firewood from designated collection areas from midnight tonight when the autumn firewood collection season ends.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Forest Planning Team Leader Amy Groch said firewood collection areas would reopen on September 1 and the restrictions to prioritise firewood for local communities in Central Victoria would continue during future collection seasons.

“The new restrictions prioritise firewood for local communities, and we have had a positive response from residents about the new changes.

“Our officers have been visiting designated firewood collection areas, educating people about the new rules and importance of ensuring firewood is managed responsibly, ensuring environmental sustainability and access for residents.

“Firewood is a shared public resource and needs to be managed in a sustainable way for the future.

“Residents are reminded firewood can only be taken from designated firewood collection areas in state forests during approved autumn and spring collection seasons, from March 1 to June 30 and from September 1 to November 30 respectively.”

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 $727, or a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment or a fine of up to $9087 or both, if the matter proceeded to court.

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