Collecting firewood from roadsides

Firewood can be collected on designated Indigo Shire Council roads at certain times of year with a permit.

Roadside firewood is an affordable fuel source and may also reduce fuel loads in the event of a bush fire. These benefits need to be balanced with risks 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.

When can I collect firewood?

Indigo Shire's roadside firewood collection season will go from Friday 6 March 2020 to 30 June 2020.

Firewood collection seasons are usually:

  • 1 March to 30 June
  • 1 September to 30 November

However, the opening and closing dates may be modified based on conditions and consultation with the CFA.

DELWP also offer designated firewood collection areas on crown land, check the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) wesbite for further information.

Do I need a permit?

Yes. You can apply using the Works Within the Road Reserve - Firewood Collection permit(PDF, 394KB) application form.

Include the specific roads and sections that you propose to undertake the collection on, referring to the table below. Only Indigo Shire managed roads are applicable to firewood collection applications. Only Indigo Shire residents can apply.

You can submit the form to or in person at one of our customer service centres.

Firewood collection permit fees

  • Standard: $25
  • Pensioner: $15

Where can I collection firewood?

The list of roads currently designated for firewood collection are listed in the table below. You may also nominate another road that isn't on the list for firewood collection. Firewood collection is not permitted on any VicRoads Roads. In each case, your application will be assessed based on: other works that may be occurring in the area; number of other permits issued; storm events; impacts to adjacent residents; fuel loads; road safety and availability of safe parking areas, and conservation value of the roadside.

Designated firewood collection roads
Yackandandah, Osbornes Flat & Allans Flat
  • Allans Flat Road
  • Basin Creek Road
  • Bell’s Flat Road
  • Ben Valley Road
  • Gap Flat Road
  • Hodgon Lane
  • Hyne’s Lane
  • Kirby’s Flat Road (between Bells Flat and Back Creek Road)
  • Meehan Lane
  • Miller Road
  • Mongan’s Lane (between Osbornes Flat and Blairs Road)
  • Moyle Road
  • Racecourse Road
  • Schmidt Lane
  • Scholzs Road
  • Thorsen Lane
  • Tomkins Lane
  • Twist Creek Road
  • Wallace Road
  • Alma Road
  • Diffey Road
  • Flat Rock Road
  • Fighting Gully Road
  • Kibbell Lane
  • Library Road
  • Londrigan Lane
  • Lower Nine Mile Road
  • Malakoff Road
  • Mauger Lane
  • McFeeters Road
  • Red Hill Road
  • Ryan Lane
  • Voigts Road
  • McKeone Road
  • Fishers Road
  • Palmer Road
  • Riley Road
  • Bonegilla-Kiewa Road
  • Huon-Kiewa Road
  • Turvey Lane
Chiltern & Chiltern Valley
  • Black Dog Creek Road
  • Chiltern Valley Road
  • Barambogie Road
  • Harkins Road
  • Masons Gap Road
  • North Road (between Bow street and Gordon street)
  • Old Cemetery Road
  • Railway Access Road
  • Tovey's Road
Indigo Valley
  • Brewers Road
  • Hartigans Gap Road
  • Indigo Creek Road
  • McSweens Road
  • Cookinburra Road
  • Watchbox Road
Rutherglen, Wahgunyah & Cornishtown
  • Boorhaman East Road
  • Cornishtown Road
  • Distillery Road
  • Dugay’s Bridge Road
  • Great Southern Road
  • Herrins Road
  • Jacks Road
  • Kilborn Road
  • Killeens Road
  • McPhersons Road
  • Nashs Road
  • O’Donoghues Road
  • Old Howlong Road
  • Parkins Road
  • Williams Road
Sandy Creek, Kergunyah & Gundowring
  • Besley Lane
  • Boyd Road
  • Bruarong Lane
  • Byrants Gap Road
  • Cogdell Lane
  • Egan Lane
  • Gundowring Road
  • Hellhole Creek Road
  • Kergunyah Road
  • Reid Lane
  • Sandy Creek Road
  • Schultz Lane
  • Springvale Lane
  • Wright Lane
  • Europa Gully Road (between Stanley and Mason’s Road)
  • Hurdle Flat Road
  • Little Scotland Road
  • Mt Stanley Road
  • Old Stanley Road
  • Pioneer Road
  • Rosengreen Lane
  • Silver Creek Road
  • Six Mile Road
  • Edmunson Lane
  • Reid’s Way
  • Gemmell Road
  • McGuiness Lane
  • Star Lane
  • Wardens Lane

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.

Due to prisoner team time constraints it is difficult to facilitate distribution over the whole of the Shire area and direct delivery is not guaranteed.  However 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 us.