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.
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.
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.