Firewood Collection

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.