Residents of the Rural City of Wangaratta (RCoW) can collect firewood when available from one of our depots or on application from approved low conservation value roadsides.
You will need a permit for both options and the following costs apply:
The depots are currently open.
We have two community firewood depots located at Eldorado and Glenrowan. The depots provide RCoW residents with a sustainable firewood collection option and reduce the need to remove habitat from roadsides. Wood at the depots is salvaged from works and storm events so will likely be green and require drying before it is ready to burn next season.
Where are the depots?
When are the depots open?
Depots are closed during the fire danger period which varies year to year but is usually from October to April. Supply is not guaranteed so you will need to visit the depots to check if wood is available before purchasing a permit.
How to buy a permit
A permit is needed each time you take wood from the depot. Each permit allows you to take a maximum of two cubic metres per visit. The annual limit is six cubic metres per household. Please be fair and think of your neighbours - don't take all the wood!
Depot permits are available from the following locations:
The collection of roadside wood is only available on suitable low conservation roadsides to ensure protection of our native vegetation. Some of our roadsides have important conservation value as they are remnants of native vegetation and wildlife habitats that were once widespread through the landscape. Due to historical clearing these roadsides often represent the only remaining habitat for some indigenous plant and animal species, without which they would become locally extinct.
How to apply
Roadside firewood permits are only available for residents of the RCoW from our Government Centre, 62 - 68 Ovens Street, Wangaratta. Staff will determine if the proposed roadside is suitable for collection and can advise you on alternative options. Roadside collection is not allowed during the CFA fire danger period. Firewood collection is not permitted on any Rural Roads Victoria managed roads.
Photographer:Eastern Bearded Dragon- Chris Tzaros Bush Birds and Beyond
To collect firewood from State Forests, please visit the Forest Fire Management Victoria site for more information.
Squirrel Glider - Photographer Chris Tzaros Bush Birds and Beyond