Salvaged trees from works undertaken to reopen the Benambra-Corryong Road are now available to the local community for firewood.

An additional firewood collection area has opened in the Nariel Valley for residents to cut and collect firewood as part of the Victorian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Program.

The collection site is located at the intersection of Red Stringy Track and Benambra-Corryong Road, Nariel Valley and is being managed by VicForest staff.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Upper Murray District Manager, Dave Jenson said, “Staff and contractors have worked hard over the past few weeks to salvage felled trees from the major roading project.

“We hope this additional firewood collection area will make it easier for the people living in Towong Shire to collect firewood for next winter,” Mr Jenson said.

When collecting, people must only collect firewood from designated areas and stay within collection limits, which are a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per year. The felling of trees for firewood is strictly prohibited.

“The majority of the designated firewood collection areas near Walwa and the Nariel Valley were impacted by the fires, so it’s great to be able to make this wood available,” Mr Jenson said.

In line with government advice and to contribute to the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Victorians should stay home. We recognise you may need to collect firewood depending on your circumstances. If you need to collect firewood, make sure you follow social distancing requirements by staying at least 1.5 metres away from anyone else while collecting.

This project is being delivered by FFMVic and VicForests in partnership Towong Shire Council. For information and updates, including interactive maps showing designated firewood collection areas, visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood, or you can call 136 186 to find out more.