The Spring 2013 firewood collection season is now closed.
Firewood collection is only allowed in the autumn season (1 March – 30 June) and the spring season (1 September – 30 November).
If there is a fire danger risk before 30 November or after 1 March, the relevant firewood collection season may be shortened.
The seasons are consistent across the state and aim to minimise risks to people, the environment and infrastructure by avoiding firewood collection during winter and during the highest fire hazard periods.
Management of roadside vegetation remains with the road management authority, usually VicRoads or local government. Permission from local government is needed for the collection of firewood from roadsides under their management. VicRoads do not currently allow firewood collection on roadsides they manage.
Roadside collection of firewood in State forests is only allowed in a designated firewood collection area.
People who are unable to collect firewood for themselves and wish to nominate another person to do so on their behalf need to complete a nomination form. The nominee needs to carry this completed form with them when making the collection.
Legislation governing domestic firewood collection
The Forests Act 1958 and the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 (for Shepparton Regional Park) and associated regulations establish the rules for domestic firewood collection without a permit. There are significant penalties for offences under those Acts, in particular fines up to $7042 or up to 1 year imprisonment, or both.
For further information or assistance call the DEPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.