With the cooler weather upon us, Central Tablelands Local Land Services would like to remind the community that it is illegal to collect firewood from Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs).
Fines of up to $5,500 can apply to people caught carrying out illegal activity on TSRs under the Local Land Services Act 2013.
“We’ve been receiving reports of illegal firewood collection at TSRs across the Central Tablelands, and while we all enjoy a nice fire when it gets cold, it’s important that you source your wood legally,” said Colleen Farrow, Biosecurity Team Leader
“Permits are available to collect firewood from selected state forests, however, we do not issue permits for wood collection on TSRs and we want to make it very clear that removing either standing or dead timber is not allowed under any circumstances”
There are also restrictions on use of TSRs in relation to camping, water usage, motorbike and four-wheel drive access, fences and mechanical equipment.
“We encourage the community to enjoy our TSR network in ways that won’t cause harm now and into the future.”
During sunrise and sunset, passive recreational activities are allowed on TSRs including walking, running, fishing, picnicking, photography, mountain bike riding and bird watching.
These rules help protect the integrity of the network of Travelling Stock Reserves which is recognised as an asset of state significance with agricultural, social, cultural and ecological values.