Roadside Timber Collection


(Timber Collection & Roadside Grazing)

Subject to meeting the following conditions, dead fallen timber may be collected from Council controlled roadsides (outside of township boundaries) between 1 May and 31 October annually without obtaining a permit from Council.

General Conditions:

  • Public liability insurance in the name of the person collecting timber to a minimum value of $10,000,000, must be held at all times. (This insurance is known as Legal Liability Insurance and is normally part of domestic contents insurance).
  • Council, its servants and agents must be indemnified against all actions, costs, claims, demands, damages, charges and expenses whatsoever which may be brought or made or claimed against them or any of them in relation to the collection of timber.
  • Collection of timber shall not occur in areas identified as containing significant vegetation sites. These areas are identified by blue roadside markers.
  • To manage timber collection to ensure the safety of all road users.
  • All due care to be taken to prevent damage to live vegetation including trees and shrubs.
  • To take appropriate precautions to ensure that no damage occurs to road surfaces, road furniture, drains, culverts, bridges, private entrance ways or other infrastructure.
  • To not cause damage to, or in any way affect, the property of any other person.
  • The area must be left in a neat and tidy condition.
  • All repairs, damage or rectification work to any, road, road furniture, service or other property resulting from the collection of timber shall be borne by the person collecting timber. Council must be notified immediately of any damage.
  • To comply with any direction given by a Council Officer or any other Authorised Person.
  • Standing timber, whether alive or dead, must not be cut and/or removed.
  • The Native Vegetation Act 1991 must be complied with in regard to clearing of timber. This includes not removing branches that have a trunk circumference of 2 metres, or comprising a species native to South Australia or are part of a group of other plants or trees that could potentially provide a habitat for animals.
  • Timber shall not be removed from any roadside adjacent to parks and reserves or roadsides clearly occupied for grazing by an adjoining landholder.
  • Timber shall not be removed from areas containing noxious weeds. Information regarding these weeds can be obtained from Landscape South Australia Limestone Coast at‐and‐animals/pest‐plants‐and‐ animals/pest‐plants
  • Vehicles must be parked completely off the road so they do not create a hazard to other road users and must be parked on the same side of the road as the timber being collected.
  • High visibility clothing shall be worn when collecting timber.
  • Timber Collection to occur during daylight hours only.


  • Wood Collection does not apply to unformed road reserves that are unfenced on one or both sides and for all intents and purposes are part of an adjoining property.
  • Wood Collection must not occur on days of Total Fire Ban as declared by the Country Fire Service.

For further information please contact the Council Office

Phone: 8760 1100 or Email: