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**PLEASE NOTE: TRIAL POSTPONED DUE TO LOCKDOWN**

Unfortunately due to the snap lockdown we have had to postpone our three-day trial in August to finalise the logistics of how best to distribute storm-related firewood to residents and ratepayers.

Once restrictions allow we will carry out the trial and roll out the broader program to provide cut and split firewood to residents and ratepayers for free.

Council has contacted people who have booked a place on the trial. They will be informed of the new dates once these are confirmed.

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Overview of the trial

As part of the trial Council is offering a free trailer load of wood of up to two cubic metres (2m3) to 135 residents and ratepayers to collect firewood from transfer stations at Trentham, Creswick and Daylesford. This will help to ensure the correct processes are in place before the program is rolled out more broadly.

Important details on the trial:

  • The trial will be rescheduled due to the snap lockdown.
  • Firewood collection is only available to people who register.
  • Proof of residence must be provided at the time of collection.
  • Firewood will be loaded into trailers only.
  • No waste will be accepted by the transfer station on these dates.
  • The wood is green and it will need to season (dry out) for at least 12 months before it is suitable to burn.

More collection days will be announced over coming weeks.

There will be a graduated build-up of firewood stocks throughout September, with regular stocks at each transfer station likely to be offered in coming weeks.

Mayor, Cr Lesley Hewitt, reiterated this is a preliminary trial, and there will be plenty of free firewood for everyone in the community, following the trial.

“We are starting the program with a one-week trial to smooth out any issues and test our systems,” said Cr Hewitt.

“We are only opening 135 timeslots as part of the trial, however, please be assure that the first few days is simply to test the system. There are thousands of tonnes of firewood available so there is plenty to go around, and we will open more slots shortly,” she said.

“We realise not everyone has access to the internet. Please be assured that following this trial we will have measures in place to ensure everyone is able to book a time to collect a load of firewood.

“There is plenty of firewood available, and the stockpile will continue to grow over the coming weeks and months as more wood is processed.

“There will be many opportunities for community members to collect the firewood, so if you miss out on the trial, please be patient. You will have the opportunity to collect some firewood for free.”

We appreciate the support of the Commonwealth and State Government funding to assist this project.