Collecting firewood from roadsides

Collection of firewood from roadsides provides an affordable fuel source for heating for Indigo Shire residents, and may also reduce fuel loads in the event of a bushfire. However, these benefits need to be balanced with the risks presented by allowing firewood collection in roadsides, including:

  • Impacts to biodiversity - Road reserves are important habitat for native species, and fallen dead logs provide habitat for native fauna.
  • Spread of weeds - Inadequate weed hygiene practices can result in the spread of weeds from one road reserve to other areas where the weed might not have been established.
  • Occupational health and safety risks to people collecting firewood, e.g. through operating chainsaws.
  • Traffic hazards from vehicles and people operating the road reserve.
  • Amenity impacts to residents adjacent to the collection area.

In consideration of these factors, limited collection of firewood from selected Indigo Shire council roadsides will be permitted, subject to a permit being granted with terms and conditions attached. Collection of firewood from council roadsides without a permit is a breach of the Indigo Shire Local Law No. 1.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) publish designated firewood collection areas on crown land each season. Refer to the DELWP website for further information.

No firewood collection is allowed on VicRoads roads, which are:

 Barnawartha-Howlong road

 Lindsay Road 

 Beechworth-Chiltern road

 Lockharts gap road

 Beechworth-Wangaratta road

  Myrtleford-Yackandandah road

 Beechworth-Wodonga road

 Rutherglen-Springhurst road

 Buckland gap road

 Rutherglen-Wahgunyah road

 Chiltern-Howlong road

 Stanley road

 Chiltern-Rutherglen road

 Federation way

 Dederang road

 Wodonga-Yackandandah road

 Kiewa east road

 Yackandandah road


How to apply for a firewood collection permit

You can complete the permit application form in person at a customer service centre, download the form below and either email it to, or post it in, or complete the online form here: 

Download application form for a roadside firewood permit: Firewood_Permit_Application.doc

Include the roads and sections that you propose to undertake the collection on. Only include Indigo Shire roads in your application (see list of VicRoad's roads above). Including a sketch plan and/or photographs is not mandatory but will speed up the application process. Your permit application will be assessed on a case by case basis, in view of:

  • Conservation value of the roadside
  • Road safety, availability of safe parking areas
  • Fuel loads
  • Impacts to adjacent landholders
  • Storm events
  • Distribution across the Shire   
  • Other permits that have been issued that season/year in the same area.

Roadside firewood collection areas may therefore change between and within collection seasons in light of the above factors.


Firewood collection permit fee

The permit fees do not cover the administrative costs for council but do provide residents with an acknowledgement that there is a cost to council and that there is an environmental cost for collecting firewood on road reserves.The permit fees will be determined by Council annually and will include concessions for Pensioner and Healthcare Card holders. Firewood collection permit fees for 2018 are $25 or $15 for pensioners and health care card holders.


Community firewood access

From time to time our operations team clears trees that are suitable for firewood, as a result the Indigo Shire has established a Community Woodlot. The Community Woodlot has been operating since 2007 in partnership with the Beechworth Correctional Centre to provide a source of low-cost firewood for Indigo Shire pensioners and concession cardholders.

The service is provided by the prison teams and coordinated by Council. The location and amount of wood stockpiles varies year to year, depending on when and where wood is available.  Please do not treat this service as your main source of firewood as the wood may be not be dry and it is shared around only if and when it becomes available.

Due to prisoner time constraints it is difficult to assist with distribution over the whole of the Shire area and direct delivery is not guaranteed, but recipients can arrange for collection from those depots where the wood is prepared.   If you are part of a community organisation that would like to assist in helping with the distribution of wood within your local community, please contact the Indigo Shire Council.

Download Application Form:

MSWord or PDF

Please note that council has a current waiting list and there is no guarantee that you will receive a load as per your request.

Firewood FAQ’S

Last updated: 11 May 2018