Statement On Firewood

31 March 2016

There is no ban on firewood collection from public land in Victoria.

This about putting locals first and we make no apology for that.

In north Victoria, where supplies are running out, local residents and concession card holders will have priority access to free firewood.

We are working to ensure that people who rely on firewood continue to have access to this fuel for heating and cooking this winter and beyond.

We are also working with the local community through information sessions. One has already been held in Nathalia and additional sessions are planned for Shepparton and Mildura.

Further to this, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has also commenced the Northern Victoria Firewood and Home Heating Project (NVFHHP) which aims to work with communities to identify energy sources other than red gum firewood.

Residents in the River Red Gum areas who are reliant on firewood for heating or cooking are encouraged to contact DELWP at

This only pertains to communities along the Murray and Goulburn. Other regions are not affected.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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