The spring firewood collection season opens this Sunday 1 September. There have been changes to some Designated Firewood Collection Areas in Gippsland.
Collection area maps will be published on our website at 6pm on Saturday 31 August: ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood
We’re currently preparing collection areas for the community, including ensuring collection will not have an impact on native animals and their habitat, and making sure collection areas are safe to access.
There have been changes to some Designated Firewood Collection Areas in Gippsland:
• In the Mirboo North/ Boolarra/Yinnar South area, there are firewood collection areas that have previously been available that will not be open for collection in spring 2019. These are Baromi, Boolarra North, Piggery Road, Ricardo, Samsons and Yinnar South. There is currently no firewood available in these areas.
• An area at Calignee, previously available in 2015, will be re-opened for this season.
• Additional area has been added to both the Boola and Toongabbie firewood collection areas, following recent work dealing with hazardous trees.
• The Walhalla South firewood collection area remains closed following the fires early this year.
• A new firewood collection area near Stockdale (Mt Ray Road Firebreak) will be available following firebreak construction earlier this year.
• Near Cobungra, a linear area along Kewish Road has been included.
• Near Bruthen, a VicForests coupe in the Colquhuon-Boyanga Gidi State Forest called Seaside has been included.
• Two VicForests coupes near Nowa Nowa: Lambournes Break and Red Knob, are no longer available following regeneration burning.
• In the Peach Tree locality at the southern end of the Tamboon firewood collection area, additional roadside areas have been added.
Please remember that all firewood must be picked up off the ground in the forest – no trees can be felled. Vehicles cannot be driven off formed roads and tracks.
You may collect up to two cubic metres of firewood per person per day and may collect up to 16 cubic metres per household per year.
Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.