THE Victorian Government has "no plans'' to announce a potential reintroduction of alpine cattle grazing in coming weeks, despite reports.
Media reports claimed an announcement about alpine cattle grazing was "expected in coming weeks".
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But a spokesman for Victorian Environment Minister Ryan Smith said this was not the case.
And Mountain Cattlemen's Association president Charlie Lovick said such media reports were "certainly not right and such reporting isn't helpful, it stirs the possum in the wrong direction''.
"I will be asking that they (the newspaper) put things on the right track (run a correction),'' he said.
In 2011 the Victoria Coalition fulfilled an election promise to allow cattle back into the park in a bushfire mitigation trial.
The trial, later overruled by federal Environment Minister Tony Burke under the Environment Biodiversity and Protection Act, came five years after the former state Labor government banned cattle from grazing the park because of environmental concerns.
A recent Federal Court decision subsequently upheld the Commonwealth's right to ban cattle grazing in a national park.
Last week the Victorian National Parks Association - a major opponent of high country grazing - flagged the idea of the grazing trial being run outside of the Alpine National Park.
The association would support a trial, on public land, but not inside a national park.
Such a trial would not be subject to federal environmental laws.
But neither the mountain cattlemen or the Victorian Government have expressed any support for a trial beyond the park's limit.
The Government spokesman this week said "the Government was disappointed with the Federal Court decision, especially in light of what we believe is a strong need to conduct a rigorous evidence-based trial into the effectiveness of cattle grazing on reducing fuel loads, particularly in hard to get to places''.
"The Government is carefully evaluating the court's findings and will consider any future action based on this.
"The commitment to undertake a scientific trial in this region was an election promise made in 2010 and took into account the cultural and heritage connection of the land to the high country cattlemen and the fact that given the land had been grazed, prior to 2005, for around a century, it provided a real opportunity to achieve an evidence-based, long-term comparison of the state of the land.
"The absence of grazing from an ecosystem that has largely adapted to cattle grazing provides a unique ability to collect scientific data on the fuel and non-fuel impacts of strategic cattle grazing to reduce fire risk.''