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Council warns against roadside firewood collection

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Wednesday 4 July 2018

Winter has set in and Mount Alexander Shire Council is reminding residents and property owners that roadside vegetation must not be collected for firewood.

“Council does not permit collection of firewood on Council land or Council-managed roadsides,” said Casey Hearps, Acting Manager Healthy Environments.

“The policy is in place to protect roadside native vegetation, and public health and safety.”

Roadside vegetation throughout Mount Alexander Shire has high conservation value.

“Fallen timber provides important habitat for wildlife including many species of small native mammals and bird,” said Ms Hearps.

“The roadside vegetation across the shire includes a cross-section of most habitat types and supports many flora and fauna, including vulnerable or threatened species,” she said.

The removal of roadside native vegetation is illegal and will be taken seriously.

Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 Council has the authority to act on matters of illegal vegetation removal on private land.

Under the Local Law Council can issue on-the-spot fines of up to $200 to individuals caught illegally collecting firewood from roadsides.

Forest Fire Management Victoria provides a domestic firewood collection program in designated firewood collection areas during a firewood collection season.

The autumn collection season closed on 30 June. For more information visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood.

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