Firewood collection in Victoria

To: "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Firewood collection in Victoria
From: "David & Liz Parker" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:52:57 +1000
Hello all,


It can be said that it is interesting times for the environment in any State
of Australia at the moment. The following link provides information relating
to the (Victorian) Forests Amendment Bill 2012 . 


This Bill seeks to make changes which will formally make way to abolish the
need for a domestic firewood permit in Victoria amongst a number of others,
but it also sets a maximum of 16 cubic metres of firewood per financial year
per household. A total of 16 cubic metres sounds bad enough, but converting
this to tonnes this equates to 22.5 tonnes (for River Red Gum volumes) per
financial year. In visual terms this is about a semi-trailers worth!!


In NSW, Forests NSW and also NPWS (in their Red Gum program to be reviewed
in 2013) have a maximum limit of 6 tonnes per household per year. Anyone who
can burn 6 tonnes during an Australia's colder months is burning their fire
24 hours a day, 7 days a week in an open fire, or has an extremely
inefficient wood fire!


Goodbye all you fallen timber dependent birds!


I hope all Victorian's with non-firewood heating sources apply to Ted's
Government for their $562.50 (based on the cost of $25 per tonne under NSW
firewood permit systems) to make all things 'equal'.



David Parker

Griffith, NSW




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