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Joint effort to focus on illegal firewood collection

Riverina Local Land Services will be working closely with Hay Police monitoring travelling stock reserves (TSRs) for illegal firewood collection.

Fines of up to $5,500 can apply to people caught carrying out illegal activity on TSRs under the Local Land Services Act 2013.

Land Services Manager Tom White said Local Land Services is responsible for maintaining these public assets and protecting them from illegal activities.

“We are closely watching a number of TSRs in our region and legal action will be taken against anyone found removing firewood, dumping rubbish and dirt bike riding,” Mr White said.

“TSRs have social, grazing, ecological and cultural heritage value, and can be easily damaged through removing timber and other illegal activities.”

People can report any illegal activity to Local Land Services on 1300 795 299, or to their local police station on 131 444.

“We encourage everyone to report suspicious behaviour on TSRs and to record as much detail as possible," Mr White said.

“Information such as registration numbers, descriptions, locations and dates will help us fine those responsible.

With the colder weather approaching, Officers from Hay Police Station will investigate all reports made relating to the illegal collection of firewood within the Hay area.  Legal action will be commenced where appropriate.

Special use permits are available from your Local Land Services office for a range of non-destructive recreational activities. Camping on TSRs is prohibited at all times unless you are with travelling stock.

Members of the public can collect firewood from selected state forests with a firewood permit. For more information on permits contact 1300 655 687 or visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au

For more information on TSRs visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au

MEDIA: Tracey Bell 0428 435 029 or tracey.bell@lls.nsw.gov.au