1 September to 30 November
1 March to 30 June
“The two statewide firewood collection seasons aim to minimise risks to people, the environment and infrastructure by avoiding firewood collection during winter as well as during periods of highest fire hazard,” Mr Jephcott said. The passing of the Forests Amendment Bill 2012 through parliament means that tough new legislation applies to domestic firewood collection on public land in Victoria. “This legislation strengthens the checks and balances needed to ensure a sustainable supply of firewood for all Victorians and an appropriate level of environmental protection,” Mr Jephcott said. “The new legislation makes firewood collection simpler and more affordable for the community.” “Tough penalties will help to discourage illegal behaviour and safeguard our forests and parks.” Those operating outside the law will be issued with an infringement notice, with more serious offences potentially incurring a maximum penalty of a $7042 fine, one-year imprisonment or both. “People collecting firewood after the close of the firewood season at midnight on Friday, November 30 will be very visibly doing the wrong thing and we will be conducting targeted patrols in forests and parks to check for illegal activities.”
Firewood Collection area maps for Buchan and district are available at the Buchan Neighbourhood House.
For further information on domestic firewood collection go to Forest Fire Management Victoria