The 2017 Autumn firewood collection season is now closed. Firewood collection on public land is prohibited until Spring firewood season opens on 1 September 2017.
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.
Some firewood collection areas can be subject to planned burning activity and may be closed at short notice.
Additional firewood collection areas may be opened throughout the season.
Roadside collection is generally managed by VicRoads or local governments.
Firewood collection is not allowed on roads managed by VicRoads but you can seek permission from local governments. Roadside collection in State forests is only allowed in designated areas.
The Forests 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 $622. Offences that go to court may be liable for fines of up to $7750, one year imprisonment or both.
If you would like to report an offence or misconduct please contact our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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. Information community reliant and possible solutions have been collected by surveys distributed to residents.
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, 1.0 MB).
The Department of Health and 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 the Department of Human Services Vic.
For further information please contact our Customer Service Centre on 136 186.