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 firewood collection 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.
There following roads have a high environmental significance, therefore firewood collection is not permitted on these roads
- Acheron: Grannies Lane, Yellow Creek Road
- Alexandra: Old Fawcett Road, Grannies Lane
- Buxton: Gypsy Lane, Passings Road, Project Road, Retreat Road
- Castella: Campbells Creek Road, Castella Road
- Fawcett: Old Fawcett Road
- Dropmore: Lades Road
- Ghin Ghin: Old Ghin Ghin Road, Larnoo Road
- Flowerdale: Old Spring Valley Road, Spring Valley Road, Upper King Parrot Creek Road
- Glenburn: Burns Road, Captains Creek Road, Kinglake-Glenburn Road, West Bridge Road
- Gobur: Frees Road
- Highlands: Lades Road, Old Highlands Road
- Kinglake: Deviation Road, Extons Road, Gordons Bridge Road, Kinglake - Glenburn Road, Kings Road
- Koriella: Old Fawcett Road
- Marysville: Eagles Nest Road, Red Hill Road
- Molesworth: Native Dog Road
- Narbethong: Manby Road East, Nichols Road
- Strath Creek: Upper King Parrot Creek Road
- Taggerty: Blackwood Lane, Cathedral Lane, Swamp Creek Road, Yellow Creek Road
- Toolangi: Old Toolangi Road, Smiths Road, Spraggs Road
- Yea: Clarks Road, Racecourse Road
- Great Victorian Rail trail
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.