Calls to lift ban on roadside collection
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has reiterated calls for the State Government to temporarily lift the ban on roadside collection of firewood.
Mr O’Brien said the autumn firewood collection areas had closed today (Wednesday, 30 June) and would not re-open again until the spring season on 1 September.
“With firewood collection for home use from designated state forests areas having closed, it makes sense to lift the ban and allow residents to assist in the storm clean-up,” Mr O’Brien said.
“There is so much timber down, it would be foolish not to allow people to collect wood where it is safe to do so and they can get vehicles well off the road.
“With energy prices through the roof it’s important to offset heating costs where possible. This solution is a win-win.
“It’s time for the Andrews Labor Government to remove the red tape preventing people from collecting firewood along VicRoads managed roads.”
Mr O’Brien said permits for roadside firewood collection from council-managed roads can be obtained from the relevant local government.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has asked the State Government to temporarily lift the ban on roadside collection of firewood