The Spring 2015 Firewood Collection Season opens across Victoria tomorrow.
“We want to remind people that it will once again be legal to collect firewood from designated areas on public land across Victoria from 1 September 2015 until 30 November 2015,” Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning regional manager fire and land Jon Rofe said.
“Some designated firewood collection areas may not open at the beginning of the spring season for various reasons, including supply or conditions.”
Mr Rofe said DELWP and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing.
“Firewood collection is only permitted on public land during designated times of the year and from designated firewood collection areas,” he said.
“It is not legal to sell firewood collected on public land or to take more than the allowed amount.”
Typical on the spot fines are around $607 and for offences that go to court, a person may be liable for fines up to $7583.50, one year imprisonment or both.
Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186 and quote Operation Chainsaw. More information and updates will be available at
www.delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood from tomorrow.