Management of the river red gum parks in the Riverina
One of the newly declared river red gum parks
The management of the river red gum forests in the Riverina varies depending on their different reservation values.
National parks, regional parks and state conservation areas
The Riverina river red gum forests managed by the NSW NPWS comprise three main precincts:
Lands for transfer to Aboriginal landholding body
The National Park Estate (Riverina Red Gum Reservations) Bill 2010 identifies around 20,000 hectares in the Riverina as suitable for transfer to Aboriginal landholding bodies.
These lands, which include the Werai and Taroo groups of lands, are under the care of NPWS while a managed transfer process takes place which will see them owned and managed by traditional owners through separate Aboriginal landholding bodies.
The Forestry Corporation of NSW continues to manage Perricoota, Koondrook and Campbell's Island state forests between Echuca-Moama and Swan Hill.
Domestic firewood collection
Under a permit system, firewood collection is available to local NSW residents for domestic use only in designated areas in the Murrumbidgee and Murray Valley regional and national parks generally from 1 April until 30 September.
Application forms, conditions and maps are provided for Murray Valley and Murrumbidgee Valley below.
The firewood collection season is open from 1 April 2016.
Penalties apply for failure to comply with permit and closure conditions.
For domestic firewood collection in Murray Valley, see the following:
Enquiries to NPWS Moama office on 03 5483 9100.
For domestic firewood collection in Murrumbidgee Valley, see the following:
Please check with NPWS Griffith office on 02 6966 8100 in relation to which area is open and the condition of the access roads.
Other domestic firewood options
Firewood can also be obtained for personal use from other public lands in the Riverina region in accordance with the conditions outlined by the relevant agency. For more information, visit the Domestic firewood collection from public lands in the Riverina region page.
Riverina Community Firewood and Home Heating taskforce
Looking towards the future, a Riverina Community Firewood and Home Heating Taskforce was formed to examine options for the provision of home heating in the Riverina. The Taskforce has submitted a report and made 21 recommendations.
The Minister has reviewed the recommendations and provided a Government response. The Office of Environment and Heritage will implement some of the recommendations immediately. Details are provided in the Minister's response (PDF 48KB).
Energy efficiency and home heating resources
A range of information and assistance measures will be provided to households that hold permits to collect firewood in river red gum national parks and reserves under the NPWS Domestic Firewood Collection Program. The assistance will be provided between August 2014 and June 2016. It will support affected households transition to alternate energy sources to meet their home heating needs as the firewood resource on river red gum national parks and reserves nears exhaustion.
Please check this website for regular updates on these measures.
In the meantime, we have identified plenty of ways to help households save power, transition to other heating options and seek financial assistance and advice in the longer term.
Page last updated: 18 July 2016