Parks Victoria says the designated domestic firewood collection area at Belsar Island - Sandbar Track near Robinvale will close at midnight Thursday April 14.

“The firewood supplied at Sandbar Track at Belsar Island has almost been collected” said Peter Foster, District Manager Parks Victoria.

“The firewood collection area at Belsar Island – River Track East is also expected to close soon.”

“Domestic firewood from designated firewood collection areas on public land is a limited resource that needs to be managed without impacting forest health,” said Peter.

This season, a system was introduced in designated River Red Gum parks, reserves and forests along the Murray River to give local communities priority to access their local firewood.

Firewood collection areas at; Pile Bend and Piambie near Robinvale are still open to residents of the Rural City of Mildura, Swan Hill Rural City or Victorians with a current Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans Affairs Gold Card.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria will continue to support residents that are reliant on firewood in their homes and who are impacted by supply shortage.

The Northern Victoria Firewood and Home Heating Project (NVFHHP), being delivered by DELWP with support from Parks Victoria, aims to work with communities to identify energy sources other than red gum firewood collected from public land.

Local residents who are reliant on firewood for heating or cooking are encouraged to contact DELWP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on firewood concessions and Department of Health and Human Services Non-Mains Energy Concessions call 1800 658 521 or visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/concessions