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Firewood collection season ending

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June 30, 2017

Firewood cannot be taken out of the Barmah National Park after June 30. Nathalia community outrage.

Firewood collectors are reminded that the autumn domestic firewood collection season will end across the state on Friday.

‘‘If people are needing firewood for the coming winter, then they need to do so before the season closes,’’ Forest Fire Management Victoria’s forest fire operations regional manager Shaun Lawlor said.

‘‘Make sure firewood collection is only carried out in designated collection areas.

Mr Lawlor also reminded residents that it was illegal to sell firewood collected on public land without an appropriate permit or licence, or to take more than the allowed amount.

‘‘Under the Forest Act 1958, people who collect firewood outside designated firewood collection areas or a firewood collection season, take more than the maximum allowable amounts or sell firewood they have collected can face on the spot fines of $607, or a maximum penalty in court of one year imprisonment or a $7583.50 fine, or both,’’ he said.

●Any information you may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136186 and quote Operation Block Splitter.

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