The Autumn 2016 firewood collection season is now open.
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.
Regions for firewood collection
Select your region below to access downloadable maps for each firewood collection area.
Note that the Barmah Island, Robinvale and Cobram Firewood Collection
Areas are now closed.
Restricted Firewood Collection areas
This year, a new system will be introduced in River Red Gum parks, reserves and forests to ensure local residents are given priority access to their local firewood.
Firewood collection in River Red Gum parks, reserves and forests along the Murray River will be restricted to residents from certain Local Government Areas.
Firewood collectors may be asked to prove their address when collecting firewood. The restriction to residents only applies to the following sites:
Gunbower Forest Firewood Collection Area (DELWP managed site): Residents of the Gannawarra Shire Council, Swan Hill Rural City, Loddon Shire and Shire of Campaspe.
Victorians with a current Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans Affairs Gold Card can also access firewood at the restricted sites.
For more information on firewood concessions and DHHS Non-Mains Energy Concessions call 1800 658 521 or visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/concessions
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.
Forest Explorer Online Interactive Maps
The Forest Explorer Online Interactive Maps system displays firewood collection areas across Victoria. The zoom and panning functions helps you identify and obtain maps showing areas of interest. To view select Map Layers > Firewood Collection Areas > Designated Collection areas > Refresh
once in the Forest
Explorer Online Interactive Maps system.
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.
Domestic firewood collection area determination
All designated collection areas are determined under the relevant legislation and published in the Victoria Government Gazette, which can be viewed at www.gazette.vic.gov.au
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