Collecting firewood from roadsides
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 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.
Firewood collection seasons are generally:
- 1 March to 30 June (inclusive)
- 1 September to 30 November (inclusive)
However, the opening and closing dates may be modified based on conditions and consultation with the CFA.
You can apply for a permit to collect firewood here(PDF, 394KB) or in person at one of our customer service centres (during the designated firewood collection seasons).
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 (see list below table). 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.
DELWP also offer designated firewood collection areas on crown land, check the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) wesbite for further information.
Table: Designated firewood collection roads - 2019
Yackandandah/Osbornes Flat/Allans Flat:
Allans flat road
Basin creek road
Bell’s flat road
Ben Valley road
Gap flat road
Kirby’s flat road (between bells flat rd and back creek road)
Mongan’s lane (between Osbornes Flat Road and Blairs Road)
Sanitorium road (between Yack-Wodonga road and Mahon’s lane)
Twist creek road
Flat rock road
Fighting gully road
Lower nine mile road
Red hill road
Black dog creek road
Chiltern Valley Road
Masons gap road
North road (between Bow street and Gordon street)
Old cemetery road
Railway access road
Hartigans gap road
Indigo creek road
Boorhaman east road
Dugay’s bridge road
Great southern road
Old Howlong road
Byrants gap road
Hellhole creek road
Sandy creek road
Europa gully road (between Stanley rod and Mason’s road)
Hurdle flat road
Little Scotland road
Mt Stanley road
Old Stanley road
Silver creek road
Six mile road
Firewood collection is not allowed on the following VicRoads roads:
- Barnawartha-Howlong Road
- Beechworth-Chiltern Road
- Beechworth-Wangaratta Road
- Beechworth-Wangaratta road
- Beechworth-Wodonga Road
- Buckland Gap Road
- Chiltern-Howlong Road
- Chiltern-Rutherglen Road
- Dederang Road
- Kiewa East Road
- Lindsay Road
- Lockharts Gap Road
- Myrtleford-Yackandandah Road
- Rutherglen-Springhurst Road
- Rutherglen-Wahgunyah Road
- Stanley Road
- Federation Way
- Wodonga-Yackandandah Road
- Yackandandah Road
How to apply for consent to work in the roadside - firewood collection permit
You can complete the permit application form in person at a customer service centre, download a form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post.
Include the specific roads and sections that you propose to undertake the collection on, referring to the table above. Only Indigo Shire managed roads are applicable to firewood collection applications (see list of VicRoad's roads above).
Firewood collection permit fee
The permit fees will be determined by Council annually and will include concessions for Pensioner and Healthcare Card holders. Firewood collection permit fees are currently $25 or $15 for pensioners and health care card holders. The permit fees acknowledges that there is a cost to council and that there is an environmental cost for collecting firewood on road reserves. (They do not cover the entire administrative costs.)
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 accessible only if and when it becomes available.
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.