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Firewood Depots

The Rural City of Wangaratta has established two community firewood depots located at Eldorado and Glenrowan.

Firewood Depots

The depots assist the community to maintain access to a sustainable firewood supply, and reduce the need to remove timber from roadsides. Fallen timber (especially hollows) are important habitats and shelters for small animals; over time they break down and place valuable nutrients back in to the soil. The depots are closed over summer but reopen in the autumn months. Timber is for private use only - it is an offense to onsell. In 2019 the depots will open on Monday April 15. 

Permits

A permit is needed each time you take wood from the depot. The fees assist in maintaining and stocking the firewood depots.

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!

Rural City of Wangaratta (RCoW) Firewood Permits can be purchased at the following locations:

Depot Location Where to buy a permit
Eldorado Firewood Depot - between Main St and Trezise St, Eldorado Eldorado General Store, Wangaratta Government Centre
Glenrowan Firewood Depot - Rifle Range Road, Glenrowan Glenrowan Post Office, Wangaratta Government Centre
Roadsides Wangaratta Government Centre

Fees:

  • $22.00 Non-Concession 
  • $15.00 Concession Card Holders

Council encourages residents to collect from their nearest township to enable even distribution of firewood. Please note that wood from roadsides can only be collected from low conservation roadsides. Customer Service staff will determine if the roadside is suitable for collection.

Supply

Timber at firewood depots is supplied by a combination of storm events and routine works by Councils Arboriculture Team. This means timber supply is not guaranteed and is likely to be green rather than seasoned. It is advisable to check what material is in the depot before purchasing a permit, and plan ahead for the following winter.

Safety

The wood is made available as logs so a chainsaw is required to collect timber from the depots. When operating a chainsaw it is important to remember to use personal protective equipment such as: cut proof pants or chaps, ear muffs, hard hat, steel capped boots and protective eyewear.

Further Information

Firewood can also be collected from Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) collection areas that are open on a seasonal short term basis. Please visit the DELWP Firewood webpage for information and maps of designated firewood collection areas.

For further information please download "A guide to Firewood Brochure" (see below) or contact Council on (03) 5722 0888.

View the locations of the Firewood collection areas below.

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