A Lakes Entrance man has been convicted and fined $2,750 and ordered to pay $167 additional costs, for illegally removing timber from Lakes Tyers State Park last year.
Lake Tyers State Park is jointly managed by Parks Victoria and Gunaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) and is not a designated firewood collection area.
Forest and Wildlife Officers from the Office of the Conservation Regulator (OCR) worked alongside GLaWAC and Parks Victoria to act on this crime, following the man’s removal of timber twice from the State Park in September last year.
In handing down his penalty in the Bairnsdale Magistrate Court, the magistrate said a strong deterrent needed to be sent that this type of activity is not acceptable.
For information on firewood collection please visit https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/firewood-collection-in-your-region
If you have seen anything suspicious or have any further information on illegal firewood or timber collection please call the Conservation Regulator through the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning on 136 186 or confidentially via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/
Quotes attributable to OCR Acting Regional Compliance Manager Gippsland, Peter Simpson:
“Parks Victoria and the Conservation Regulator encourage people collecting timber to ensure that it is done so from a designated firewood coupe during a designated firewood season.
“If you are purchasing timber from an advertisement or online marketplace seller like Facebook or Gumtree, please do the right thing and make sure it is from a licensed provider.”
Quotes attributable to Chief Conservation Regulator, Kate Gavens:
“This result sends a strong message that this type of activity in our Parks and Forests is just not acceptable.
“Firewood theft not only damages the habitat and values of our parks and reserves, but it affects the efforts of those licensed firewood suppliers who are doing the right thing.”