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.
DELWP has also sent out 15,000 surveys and project information brochures to homes within the Murray River corridor to gain a better understanding of local community firewood use.
Over 1,600 surveys have been returned and the results are being analysed to identify which communities solely rely on firewood for home heating, where they collect their wood from, how much wood they use each year and any energy efficient measures that are currently within the home. The findings and recommendations will be presented in a report to the Minster for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.
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]