Firewood

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

Hodgon lane

Hyne’s lane

Kirby’s flat road (between bells flat rd and back creek road)

Meehan lane

Miller road

Mongan’s lane (between Osbornes Flat Road and Blairs Road)

Moyle road

Racecourse road

Sanitorium road (between Yack-Wodonga road and Mahon’s lane)

Schmidt lane

Scholzs road

Thorsen lane

Tomkins lane

Twist creek road

Wallace road

 

 

Beechworth:

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


 

 

Barnawartha:

McKeone road

Fishers road

Palmer road

Riley road

 

 

Kiewa-Tangambalanga:

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

Rutherglen-springhurst road

Upriver 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

 

 

Stanley

Europa gully road (between Stanley rod 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

 


Wooragee
 

Edmunson lane

Reid’s way

Gemmell road

McGuiness lane

Star lane

Wardens lane

 

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 info@indigoshire.vic.gov.au 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.