Residents who rely on wood heaters for warmth may collect firewood on private property with permission or purchase wood from a merchant.
It is important that firewood collection is sustainable and does not impact on fauna which may use hollow logs or dead wood as habitat. Animals may live in hollow logs or use fallen timber as shelter. Many insects consume dead wood, and animals are attracted to the wood to feed on the insects. Hollow logs and timber are important for our native wildlife.
A few simple changes can make firewood collection more sustainable:
- Leave any established hollow logs
- Don't remove all the wood from an area - leave some behind to remain as habitat.
- Look for smaller pieces of timber which are less likely to be used by native animals in the future
- Plant a tree on your property to replace wood removed
If you purchase wood from a supplier, ask them about the sustainability of their firewood.
Wood smoke is a form of air pollution which can cause health problems. For more information about wood smoke and Council's Wood Smoke Reduction Program, click here.
Collecting firewood from roadsides and reserves is not permitted
Vegetation within roadside corridors and reserves, including dead or fallen timber, provide habitat for native animals such as lizards, birds, bats and smaller insects and as such, are protected. Council takes great pride in conserving the native vegetation and habitats that make up roadside reserves across the region. People found to be collecting wood or other materials or cutting down or damaging trees within a Council road reserve may be issued a fine of $220 for every offence.
If you see someone collecting firewood, or other material such as plants or rocks, please report it to Council's Environment Section on 6333 6511.
What information do you need to report?
- Date and time
- A description of the activity observed
- Additional information, for example if a vehicle is present: the registration, model, type and colour
For more information about firewood collection or wood smoke contact Council's Environment Section on 6333 6511