With temperatures dropping, Mansfield Shire Council has been receiving more inquiries about firewood collection. It is permissible to leave home in order to collect firewood under current Coronavirus restrictions.
Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said firewood is an essential requirement for many in the community and a very high priority when everyone is staying home.
“With most families having everyone home all day, rather than out at work and school, there is even more demand for firewood,” Cr Attley said.
“We would like to remind people that if they plan to collect firewood that they should ensure they have a valid permit, and that there are a number of roadsides where collection is not permitted due to the conservation value of the roadside vegetation” she said.
Cr Attley said this is a good time to check with your family, friends and neighbours to ask if they are okay and if they are prepared for winter.
“Everyone is doing a fantastic job of supporting each other and ensuring the community connections are kept up and our community spirit is as strong as ever,” she said.
“When you check on others, if you do find someone who requires assistance, I remind you that Council has established a dedicated local relief service.
We have a free call number 1800 MSC Aid (1800 672 243) and associated email address firstname.lastname@example.org which will be staffed daily, from 9am-5pm, including weekends and operate for as long as required,” she said.