THE Victorian Farmers Federation wants the federal Coalition to promise to allow alpine cattle grazing in Victoria.
It also wants aerial baiting for wild dogs. The call comes as the Commonwealth's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act has prevented aerial baiting without more Victorian research into the impact on native animals, such as quolls.
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This is despite aerial baiting being allowed in NSW, after studies found it had no impact on quolls.
"Aerial baiting is crucial to controlling the thousands of wild dogs that roam through the state's northeast, Gippsland and parts of the northwest," VFF president Peter Tuohey said.
"We want a clear, rock-solid election promise from the federal Coalition that, if elected, they will clear the way for 1080 aerial baiting in Victoria."
Similarly, on alpine grazing, VFF land management spokesman Gerald Leach said the group wanted the Federal Government to take a "rational approach to land use" and allow cattle back into the high country.
Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria executive director Graeme Stoney supported the VFF's call and said he hoped the Coalition, if it won office, would review the Act to ensure it could "no longer be used for political advantage".
"I hope the Act can be altered so people with connections to these areas, not just cattlemen, are recognised and consulted," he said.
Mr Stoney said the Federal Government's next term was "vitally important" as the "management of public land in Victoria is absolutely at a cross-roads".
But Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt has not committed to reintroduce alpine grazing or allow aerial baiting.
Mr Hunt said the Coalition preferred to work co-operatively with the states to find solutions and respect local communities' decisions.
"We note that the Victorian Government has not proceeded further with the trial, having lost their court case earlier this year," he said.
"The Coalition if elected, would be required to consider any proposal on its merits under the law, but there is nothing on the table at this stage."