Firewood collection point in Corangamite

Published on 13 September 2017

DELWP firewood collection.jpg

A location on Boorook Road, Kennedys Creek is again open for private firewood collection courtesy of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Interested parties are able to access the collection area and gather firewood within the limits until Thursday 30 November.

Corangamite Shire Manager Environment and Emergency Lyall Bond said the collection of any wood, even dead trees, from Corangamite roadsides was prohibited and encouraged the use of the designated DELWP collection point.

“While there are guidelines around the collection of firewood from the Boorook Road location cutting firewood on a roadside is dangerous for other road users and not allowed under the native vegetation rules.

“Collection rules to be adhered to at the DELWP proved location includes the gathering of only felled or fallen trees and no more than 2m3 of wood per day,” Mr Bond said.

“Heavy vehicles and heavy machinery are also not permitted and all vehicles must stay on the designated tracks,” he said.

Users are also reminded that the maximum collection for the financial year is 16m3 per person however if you are unable to collect yourself you can nominate someone to do it for you provided the correct paperwork is completed from the DELWP website.

Mr Bond said some common sense rules around the collection of firewood also applied.

“Chainsaws are not to be used on Total Fire Ban days and all litter must be taken with you when leaving the collection location.

“I encourage all interested parties to ensure the safety of themselves and others at all times during the collection periods to assist with possible future opportunities occurring,” he said.

DELWP along with Corangamite Shire encourage users to plan their firewood needs around collection availability.

For more information and an accurate collection site location please see the DELWP website via the link above.