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Tree & Firewood in Fire Affected Areas

Who is responsible for the removal of roadside trees?

Vicroads are responsible for highways and main roads.

Murrindindi Shire Council is responsible for local roads.

What trees are being removed?

All trees are being assessed by qualified arborists.

Trees are removed from roadside reserves and crown land if they are identified as unsafe, are unlikely to regenerate, or they pose a threat to houses or other buildings.

If you believe a tree has been incorrectly marked you can register this with engineering services and it will be reassessed. Contact the Alexandra Council office on 5772 0333.

Why are some white crosses being “blacked out”?

The initial white cross markings may have been placed on trees by various people or agencies. As part of the roadside safety restoration works, Council contractors have reassessed each roadside tree using qualified arborists, and in some cases, previously marked trees are considered to be safe and therefore the previous markings have been “blacked out”.

If residents are concerned about the safety of a roadside tree they can contact the Alexandra council office on 5772 0333 and an inspection will be arranged.

What about habitat or culturally significant trees?

Every effort is made to leave habitat (hollow) trees even if lopping is undertaken to make these safe.

Identified “scar” trees are reported immediately to the Department of Sustainability and Environment for inspection.

Can the local communities access mulch?

Yes, designated collection points have been set up to allow local residents to take mulch for personal use at the following sites:

  • Whittlesea Yea Road at Stony Creek, Kinglake West

  • Whittlesea Yea Road, approximately 3kms north of Stony Creek

  • Whittlesea Yea Road, approximately 3kms south of Stony Creek

Can the local communities access firewood?

Yes, again a number of designated collection points are being set up to allow local residents to take firewood for personal use.

Stockpile sites:

  • Buxton – Meeting of the Waters*

  • Marysville – Gallipoli Park*

  • Flowerdale – Moores Road*

  • Toolangi – Healesville Kinglake Road (logs only)

  • Kinglake – Global Care, located adjacent to the Kinglake Services Centre* – please contact 5786 1452 for enquiries regarding firewood at this location

* Split wood may be available at these sites

Vicroads sites (logs only):

  • Whittlesea Yea Road at Stony Creek, Kinglake West

  • Whittlesea Yea Road, approximately 3kms north of Stony Creek

  • Whittlesea Yea Road, approximately 3kms south of Stony Creek

Can I collect firewood from the roadside?

The normal process of obtaining a wood collection permit applies and residents need to contact our Local Laws officers on 5772 0331 for details.

Residents are strongly advised to access the community wood stockpiles as collection from roadsides could be dangerous due to the presence of dangerous trees.

Who is responsible for trees on private property?

The owner is responsible. If you are registered with the government funded program for site clean up, trees that have been assessed as dangerous immediately adjacent to destroyed buildings will be removed as part of the site cleanup.

For the free Federal and State Government funded bushfire affected property clean-up and demolition operation please contact – 1800 240 667 or visit

Licensed contractors who are interested in taking part in the government funded clean-up and demolition program can contact:

A Frequently Asked Questions sheet about the clean-up program is available by contacting Grocon or at the following link:

What do I do about dangerous trees on Crown land?

If trees are on crown land and are in danger of falling on private buildings, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) will arrange an arborist inspection and if necessary the removal of the tree at no cost to the owner. Residents should contact DSE – Alexandra office on telephone 5772 0200.

For further information or to report a dangerous tree please contact engineering services on 5772 0322.

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DV Support Lounge opens today

The following is from John Graham,

Relief & Aid Co-Ordinator
Diamond Valley Baptist Church

Dear friends,

We are presently consolidating all our stock back from the Food Gallery in Eltham to shipping containers on site at Diamond Valley Baptist Church (309 Diamond Creek Rd, Plenty) commencing Wednesday 1st July.

At present, we have available – food, clothing, garden tools, bikes, prams, cots and other goods (all new or near new).

Ensure to bring your blue ID form when picking up orders for the first time from this venue. 

Please come along to our official opening of DV Support Lounge at the above address where you can collect material aid from this site whilst relaxing over coffee and a chat in our newly fitted out support lounge facility (refer attached flyer).

Pass this information onto other bushfire affected people you may know. 

Our aim is that together we can help rebuild community.

Look forward to catching up with you.


John Graham

Relief & Aid Co-Ordinator
Diamond Valley Baptist Church
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Supporting the journey home……….

A community initiative, the Bushifre Support Centre in Hurstbridge is wonderful place to drop in for coffee or cake and a chat. The coffee is real and the chat friendly.

Located across the road from the Hurstbridge Primary School, the centre has free, unlimited Internet access for those who have not been able to get back on line.

Donations keep rolling in and if cant find what you are looking for you can ask to centre to try to source it or at least keep an eye out and let you know if comes in.

Everything from pets to washing machines.

During the week the centre is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Saturday you can drop in from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

A wide range of clothes, along with books and toys for the kids, food, electrical appliances that have all been checked and come with certification and household goods can be found inside the centre. Outside under cover is a huge range of furniture and larger appliances.

With a clothes washing facility and the centres ability to organise working bees, the Hurstbridge Support Centre, does just that…

You can phone the centre on 9718 2759 or email at

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Hurstbridge Support Centre

Bushfire Support - Hurstbridge

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