THE Victorian Greens want to establish an invasive species management authority independent of existing land management and land use organisations.
In a state election promise, the party wants to roll into the authority all policies and programs relating to invasive plant and animal species in Victoria.
“These are currently managed under numerous departments, managed in an ad hoc way, the funding is irregular and not always continuous,” lcandidate for Northern Victoria Nicole Rowan said.
“By bringing them into the authority…we think we will get better outcomes for farmers, for landholders and for the environment.”
It is a $240 million plan that also includes strategies aimed specifically at controlling deer.
But it stands to put the party at odds with professional and recreational hunters who have been the primary method of controlling feral deer.
Ms Rowan said evidence showed recreational hunters had not been effective at controlling deer numbers but there was still a role for hunting.
“It cannot be the primary method anymore, it needs to be much more professional and humane and effective way of controlling deer,” she said.
There will also be changes for plant nurseries under the Greens’ proposal. The party wants to create a white list of plants that can be brought in, transported and sold in Victoria.
The list will be shared with nurseries which will be expected to sell only those plants on the list.
Ms Rowan said the system had been in place in Western Australian for decades.
Weed control was also a key election issue for Victoria’s farmers, she said.
“Our policies are meeting those calls by the Victorian Farmers Federation to address those areas,” Ms Rowan said.
“What the community is telling us is quite clearly we have an issue with weeds and introduced plants.
“They are choking our national parks.”
She said Introduced animals were also damaging land.