Macedon Ranges Shire Council is making free firewood available to residents and ratepayers at its transfer stations until at least September 2021, as part of storm recovery operations.
Residents and ratepayers must first register their interest, and a booking time will be confirmed for collecting their wood from council’s transfer stations at Kyneton, Romsey or Woodend.
Safe loading access and improved management of supplies at the transfer stations will be maintained, while ensuring COVID-19 protocols are followed.
Council’s planning and environment director Angela Hughes said storm recovery operations were focused on cleaning up debris, reducing the risk of fire and maximising opportunities for clean-up activities to further support residents.
“As work continues clearing fallen trees from roadsides, public areas and private property, council has been developing a plan to ensure the best use of excess wood,” she said.
“By offering free firewood to residents, cleared debris offers a community benefit, helping residents stay warm next winter.”
Firewood collection will be a self-load collection service, as it is not possible for council to offer a free loading service.
Council advises that storm firewood will be ‘green’ wood, mainly hardwood of mixed species and grade, is expected to need to dry for at least 12 months before it is suitable for use.
People will not be able to ‘order’ a certain type or size of wood.
To express interest and log a request, call 5422 0333. A council officer will be in contact to arrange a day and time to collect firewood.