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Autumn firewood collection now open

Friday, March 1, 2024


The autumn firewood season has now opened, with Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy, encouraging locals to take this opportunity to collect free firewood for domestic use.


“I am pleased to see the autumn firewood season open for 2024, as this gives locals the opportunity to collect firewood and help utilise free heating.


“I also encourage anyone collecting firewood to think about your neighbours and those who may benefit from firewood and help them out by sparing some for them.


“Whilst the 2 cubic metre per day per person is reasonable, the 16 cubic metres per household per year rule remains a disappointing restriction on firewood collection.


“The collection of firewood is a great way to help tidy up our national parks and crown land, and also a bushfire preventative.”


Mr McCurdy also expressed his disappointment that no locations were easily accessible for Yarrawonga and Cobram residents.


“There are plenty of firewood collection locations in the King Valley and the Alpine Shire, however, Yarrawonga and Cobram have once again missed out.


“Their closest collection points are over an hour away in Beechworth or Violet Town – this is simply unacceptable.


“With power bills skyrocketing, more people are turning to wood to stay warm during the winter months – we should not be punishing those who are doing so from Cobram and Yarrawonga by making them drive over an hour to their nearest collection point.

“I am disappointed that the Environment Minister has not listened to the community on this matter.”


More information, including collection locations and regulations, can be found on the website: https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/find-a-firewood-collection-area

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