2016 firewood collection season is closed.
2016 season opens 1 September 2016 to 30 November 2016.
The state-wide collection seasons are:
Autumn - 1 March to 30 June
Spring - 1 September to 30 November
If there is a fire danger risk the relevant firewood collection season may be shortened.
Roadside collection is generally managed by VicRoads or local governments. While roads managed by VicRoads do not allow firewood collection, you can seek permission from local governments. Roadside collection in State forests is only allowed in designated areas.
Legislation governing domestic firewood collection
Act 1958 and the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 (for Shepparton Regional Park) and associated regulations establish the rules and outline penalties for domestic firewood collection.
Typical on-the-spot fines are around $607. Offences that go to court may be liable for fines of up to $7,583.50, one year imprisonment or both.
If you would like to report an offence or misconduct please contact the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
Northern Victorian Firewood and Home Heating Project
The Victorian Government is partnering with local communities to manage the impact of declining firewood supplies from public land in northern Victoria and to provide assistance to those residents who rely on firewood for heating, cooking or heating hot water in their homes.
The Northern Victoria Firewood and Home Heating Project, delivered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) with support from Parks Victoria, aims to work with communities to identify energy sources and heating alternatives other than firewood collected from River Red Gum parks and reserves on public land.
The project is engaging with communities along the Murray River corridor to establish a better understanding of the needs for and uses of domestic firewood. Community information sessions have been held in many regional towns and cities.
Surveys are being distributed to residents through a number of sources including; the local government administered Home and Community Care program, community information sessions and online below.
Affected residents may also fill out a survey online by clicking here.
The surveys will provide a better understanding of who in the community is reliant on firewood and what solutions will best support those residents affected by declining firewood availability.
This project is supported by the following stakeholders: Mildura Rural City Council, Gannawarra Shire Council, Swan Hill Rural City, Shire of Campaspe, Moira Shire Council, the Murray River Group of Councils forum, Sustainability Victoria, VicForests, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The Northern Victoria Firewood and Home Heating Project will provide advice to government on how best to support people currently reliant on firewood collected from River Red Gum parks and reserves. This could include how to make homes more energy efficient or finding alternative heating options.
The Department of Human Services provides Non-Mains Energy Concession to assist Victorian concession households that rely on firewood, LPG and other non- mains methods for heating and cooking.
For more information visit http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/financial-support/concessions/energy/non-mains-energy
Non-Mains Energy Concession fact [PDF File - 39.5 KB]
Non-Mains Energy Concession fact sheet [MS Word Document - 123.5 KB]
Concessions Information Line on 1800 658 521 (toll free).
firewood collection rules
sheet firewood collection on public land [PDF File - 594.9 KB]
sheet firewood collection on public land (accessible version) [MS Word Document - 1.5 MB]
For further information call the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136