Lack of firewood collection sites raised in Parliament
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has raised the issue of a lack of local firewood collection areas in Parliament.
My McCurdy recently asked the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change for firewood collection coupes to be located closer to country towns, particularly where there is an abundant supply.
Mr McCurdy told the Parliament of the plight of a Yarrawonga resident who has only wood-fired heating in his home.
“Over many years people who reside within the Ovens Valley electorate have had the opportunity to collect firewood from roadsides, forests and other areas where timber collection is sustainable,” Mr McCurdy said.
“Currently this resident must drive over 100kms in order to collect firewood, which is very difficult, particularly when there is ample firewood within five to 10kms of Yarrawonga.”
Mr McCurdy said constituents had told him paying a fee to collect firewood was acceptable but the distances people must now travel were extreme.
“I ask the minister to re-evaluate the firewood collection coupes in and around the Yarrawonga-Cobram region and request that coupes be opened where there are sustainable levels of timber.”
Mr McCurdy is awaiting a reply from the minister.