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.
For more information, please read:
The Northern Victoria Firewood and Home Heating Project information sheet [PDF File - 1.0 MB]