Firewood collection - roadsides and public land
Due to habitat loss and personal safety concerns, firewood collection is not permitted on Council managed roadsides without a permit. Residents can apply to obtain a Local Law Permit to remove firewood from a municipal roadside. Permits will only be issues for use during the two firewood collection seasons: 1 March - 30 June and 1 September - 30 November and are subject to conditions including no felling of standing trees - dead or alive. Firewood collection is not permitted on council roadsides of high conservation significance. These excluded roads are listed on the bottom of every permit issued.
A greater number of permits are often available where a roadside has high fuel loads due to storms or other events. Permits will not be granted for collection on the Great Victoria Rail Trail or other Council-managed reserves. Consideration will be given to the conservation of municipal roadside reserves before a permit will be issued.
To apply for a firewood collection permit to collect wood from Council's road reserves, click here or contact Council on (03) 5772 0333.
Firewood collection - State Forests
Permits are not required to collect firewood from state forests provided that wood is taken from a designated collection point. Collection points open from 1 March - 30 June and 1 September - 30 November each year.
Collection point locations and conditions of use can be found at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website or by phoning 136 186.
Firewood collection - National Parks
Firewood collection is not permitted from National Parks, natural catchment areas and other conservation reserves. Heavy penalties apply.