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The Upper Murray District has place a Temporary Road Closure on Williams Track , South of Tallangatta. 

This is due a mining exploration works being conducted. 

Dates will be from Monday the 21st of September to 4th of October.

Williams Track Temp Road Closure Map

Owen Lord | A/Senior Forest Management and Roading Officer | Upper Murray

Forest, Fire and Regions | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

In this year of COVID-19, the Association is often asked for guidance or documented policy on what 4wd Clubs and members can and can't do within restrictions.

Four Wheel Drive Victoria and its affiliated Clubs must comply with all Federal and Victorian government regulations as at the time of publication.  It is acknowledged however, that government regulations and guidelines relating to COVID-19 are constantly evolving.  All Board, Staff, Club Committees and members are urged to make themselves aware of the latest requirements as detailed on the Victorian State Government websites. 

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19  

Within the website you can drill down for further information and clarification on the directions issued by Victoria's Chief Health Officer including Restricted Activities (Restricted Areas) and Restricted Activity Directions (Non Melbourne)

https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/ 

Click on the Green band COVID-19 Update (Please note that Parks Vic guidelines are based on the Victorian Government's restrictions and re-opening Roadmap.) 

https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-tools/advice-in-a-disaster/coronavirus-covid19-and-your-rights  

There are rules for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.  Within these categories you will find information on Incorporated Associations (Clubs) with regard to holding meetings and social gatherings.  

Bear in mind that all information relates back to the directions issued by Victoria's Chief Health Officer and the Victorian Government as at the time of publication. 

By adhering to restrictions including social distancing and restricted activity directions we will slow or stop the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Wayne Hevey

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

DELWP advises of a temporary closure of the Merrington’s campground, part of the Aberfeldy Back Roads tour, whilst DELWP staff and contractors undertake improvement works to the camp site.

This closure is in effect as of now until 18th December. It has been posted on DELWP’s More to Explore app. 

Now with State Forest sites being re-opened for public use we thought it best to notify you directly so you can pass this message on to your clubs and associates.

 

David Vaskess | Forest Fire Management Officer | Community and Services Division
Forest, Fire and Regions
| Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

As the days become warmer, snakes are starting to emerge from their winter hibernation to bask in the sun and search for food and a mate. 

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Senior Wildlife Management Officer, Therese Davis: “Sunny weather also means it’s more likely people will encounter a snake.” 

“Snake species commonly found in North east Victoria include the Eastern Brown Snake, Tiger Snake and Red-bellied Black Snake. 

“These three species are venomous, but it is rare for them to bite people. Most snake bites  occur when people  try to capture or kill a snake. 

“Snakes can be known to bite animals, such as dogs, if they feel threatened. If your dog or cat encounters a snake, the best course of action is to remove your pet from the area or tie it up while the snake passes and if you suspect your pet has been bitten take it to a vet immediately. 

“Snakes are generally very shy and prefer to keep away from people and often when a snake is found in a backyard it’s because it’s moving through the area to other habitat.

“Being aware that snakes may be around and being informed about how to react to them is very important at this time of year,” Ms Davis said.

If you live in an area with snakes, please remember:

  • When left alone, snakes present little or no danger to people.
  • If you see a snake, keep calm and move yourself and anyone with you (including pets) away from the area.
  • Don't attempt to capture or harm snakes. Instead call DELWP on 136 186 for further advice.
  • Maintain lawns and clean up around your house, as snakes are attracted to shelter such as piles of rocks and timber, sheets of metal, and building materials.
  • Undertake first aid training and ensure your first aid kit contains several compression bandages, and if someone is bitten, call 000 immediately.

Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and it is illegal to capture, harm, or kill them. Reports of people wilfully destroying protected wildlife will be investigated accordingly. 

Regional Media and Communications Adviser | Hume Region

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Firewood collectors across north east Victoria are being urged to start planning their winter firewood needs as part of the opening of the spring collection season.

From today, (September 1) designated firewood collection areas will open across Victoria, allowing communities to gather wood for personal use.

All firewood collection activities must comply with public health measures, prioritising the safety of the Victorian community.

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) Hume Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Aaron Kennedy said: “We are anticipating an increased demand for firewood during the spring and autumn collection seasons due to a range of impacts, including last summer’s bushfires,” Mr Kennedy said.

“We are urging people who rely on firewood for heating and cooking to consider all options, including purchasing firewood from local merchants selling legally obtained wood.

“In fire affected communities, we are continuing to look for opportunities to provide alternative collection areas and restrict access to residents of certain post codes or local government areas.

“We want to remind the community that firewood can only be taken from designated collection areas in state forests or parks during approved collection seasons.

“Designated collection areas are selected for a range of reasons including the availability of firewood, community safety, and to protect sites of cultural and environmental significance.

“Firewood collected from public land is for personal use only and cannot be sold.

“It’s important to stay within collection limits, which are in place to prevent households stockpiling large volumes of firewood from public land and denying others a supply.

“Collection limits include taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per financial year.

“The felling of trees and cutting of hollow logs for firewood is also prohibited. Hollow logs and dead trees provide critical habitat for a wide variety of native species.”

Firewood collection from roadsides is managed by local government agencies and usually requires a permit. Residents are encouraged to contact their local councils directly for further details.

Authorised officers patrol parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing.

Under the Forest Act 1958, people who collect firewood outside designated collection areas or season or take more than the maximum allowable amounts can face fines of up to $8,261, or a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment or both, if the matter goes to court.

For further information on firewood collection or to report illegal or suspicious behaviour in public land areas, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186.

The spring season closes on 30 November. Further information, including interactive online maps, will be available once the season opens at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood

Forest Fire Management

The project team at Parks Victoria are providing an update of the bushfire recovery works within the parks in North East Victoria. We invite you to join us at an online Community Information Session to: 

  • Hear about the impact of the bushfires on the parks
  • Find out about the park infrastructure works that have already been completed, the works currently underway and next steps
  • Discover the environmental recovery and biodiversity initiatives underway
  • Become familiar with the current camping and visitor restrictions
  • Talk to the Parks Victoria project team and ask questions

 We are holding two sessions with an area specific Focus;

Corryong - Wednesday, 16 September 1 - 2pm

Bright - Wednesday, 16 September 6 - 7pm 

Please note: registrations opens on Monday 7th September.

You can register on this link Bushfire recovery update NEV for the area you are interested in.  Registrations need to be made in advance as we are capping the participation numbers to keep the session more personalised. 

Once registered, you will receive an email providing you with the event link on MS Teams and a reference guide on how to use this online platform. 

Look forward to seeing you there.

Parks Victoria

 

 

Changes to firewood collection regulations on public land in the Upper Murray area have been introduced for the spring collection period.

From 1 September, firewood collection from designated collection areas in the Upper Murray will be restricted to residents of Towong Shire and specific post codes within adjoining local government areas.

Residents living outside the Towong Shire in the following postcodes will be able to collect firewood from the designated collection areas in the Upper Murray District;

  • City of Wodonga within postcodes 3691 and 3690.
  • Indigo Shire within postcodes 3691,3695.
  • Alpine Shire within postcodes 3691,3697,3698,3699.

People from these postcodes collecting within designated collection areas may be asked for proof of their address by authorised officers.

Further information about collection areas, including interactive online maps, will be available once the season opens at www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood

Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), District Manager Upper Murray, Dave Jenson said:

“These changes aim to ensure that fire impacted communities gain greater access to the available firewood this spring in preparation for next winter,” Mr Jenson said.

“Due to a range of impacts, including the coronavirus pandemic and last summer’s bushfires, we are anticipating increased demand for the available firewood.

“We will continue to look for opportunities to make available to the community wood salvaged from bushfire response and recovery works.”

All firewood collection activities must comply with Victorian Government public health measures, prioritising the safety of the Victorian community.

“We want to remind the community that firewood can only be taken from designated collection areas in State forests or parks during approved collection seasons,” Mr Jenson said.

“Designated collection areas are selected for a range of reasons including the availability of firewood, community safety, and to protect sites of cultural and environmental significance.

“Firewood collected from public land is for personal use only and cannot be sold.

“It’s important to stay within collection limits, which are in place to prevent households stockpiling large volumes of firewood from public land and denying others a supply.

“Collection limits include taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per financial year.

“The felling of trees and cutting of hollow logs for firewood is also prohibited. Hollow logs and dead trees provide critical habitat for a wide variety of native species.”

Firewood collection from roadsides is managed by Local Government Agencies and usually requires a permit. Residents are encouraged to contact their local councils directly for further details.

Authorised officers patrol parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing.

Under the Forest Act 1958, people who collect firewood outside designated collection areas or season or take more than the maximum allowable amounts can face fines of up to $8,261, or a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment or both, if the matter proceeded to court.

For further information on firewood collection or to report illegal or suspicious behaviour in public land areas, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186. 

Brittany Evans |Regional Media and Communications Adviser | Hume Region

More than 60 people have been caught illegally collecting firewood and felling trees on public land as part of a joint operation between the Conservation Regulator and Parks Victoria. 

Since Operation Hollows began in March, forest and wildlife officers have been patrolling forests, parks and reserves across the state and have reported a major increase in illegal firewood activity. 

The operation is targeting the unlawful removal of commercial quantities of firewood from public land, and suppliers of illegal firewood to reduce the loss of important habitat such as hollow logs and dead trees.

Habitat loss has a serious impact on native animals that rely on our forests to survive, such as the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Pygmy Possum, bat and owls.

Anyone caught illegally removing firewood can face a fine of up to $8,261, and vehicles and equipment may also be seized.

Commercial firewood suppliers need to have the appropriate licences and permits to collect and sell firewood in Victoria. 

To report suspected illegal collection or selling of firewood call the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) on 136 186.


The Conservation Regulator and Parks Victoria recognise that many people are facing significant hardship, having been impacted by drought, bushfires and now the coronavirus (COVID-19) and may be relying on firewood from state forests for their heating needs.

Domestic firewood collection is only allowed in designated areas during the firewood collection season. For further information on firewood collection rules please visit: www.ffm.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Chief Conservation Regulator Kate Gavens:

“The illegal removal of wood from our forests has a devastating impact on our native wildlife.” 

“We take the removal of illegal firewood seriously and there have been several court cases this year resulting in large fines.” 


Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Director of Fire, Emergency and Enforcement David Nugent:

“It is important for anyone buying firewood checks where their supplier is sourcing the wood.

When firewood is illegally collected from parks and reserves it destroys trees and hollow logs that provide essential homes for birds, reptiles, native mammals like possums and bats.”

“Illegal firewood collection can also result in culturally significant trees being damaged or removed.”
 

Brittany Evans |Regional Media and Communications Adviser | Hume Region

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

LODDON MALLEE REGION – MURRAY GOLDFIELDS DISTRICT

Start Date: FRIDAY 28 AUGUST 2020
 
End Date: MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2020   

Forest Fire Management Victoria and CFA advise that the following planned burn will be carried out between Friday 28 August and Monday 31 August 2020 weather conditions permitting: 

Dja Dja Wurrung – Hunter Elmore-Cohuna rail line bushland reserve: Cultural burn, 4 hectares, at Hunter. 

This burn should be completed between 10:00am Friday 28August and 8:00 pm Monday 31 August 2020.

You may see smoke from this burn until Wednesday 2 September 2020.

You may see smoke from this planned burn.