Residents warned on illegal firewood removal and collection

The Wimmera Heritage River.
The Wimmera Heritage River.

Parks Victoria has reminded the community firewood collection and removal from the Wimmera Heritage River is not permitted.

A fine and infringement notice was recently issued after an individual was caught on remote camera illegally harvesting firewood from the area.

The Wimmera Heritage River is one of only 18 heritage rivers in the state. There are just four in Western Victoria.

Parks Victoria co-manages the river with traditional owners, Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC).

BGLC chief executive Michael Stewart said The Wimmera River was part of a successful Native Title determination in 2005.

“It has extreme importance to the Wotjobaluk peoples and all heritage sites are protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006,” he said. 

District Manager Gavan Mathieson said firewood collection and removal from the Wimmera River is illegal at all times.

“It is illegal to collect wood without permission from most areas of the bush,” he said.  

Heavy penalties apply and may include a custodial sentence. Penalties also apply to anyone caught selling illegally harvested timber.

“If you see anyone doing the wrong thing, please contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or DELWP Customer Service Centre on 13 6186. Information is treated confidentially. Photos of vehicle registration details can help.”

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