THE Coalition has promised to spend $500,000 on a plan to get rid of the Stawell tyre dump.
Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley said the tyres were an environmental and health hazard.
"It's not a study to find out whether there's a problem - we know it's a problem, it's a study to see what we can do about it," she said.
"We're at the point where we need concrete solutions."
She said she believed the study could start soon after the election if the Coalition was returned to power.
Northern Grampians Mayor Murray Emerson said the promised study would build on council's work in trying to devise a solution for the environmental hazard.
"Council has been working on it for a number of years," he said.
"We have just recently formed a project control group - a group of people to work out some solutions," he said.
The estimated nine million tyres are considered a serious fire hazard.
Country Fire Authority and Metropolitan Fire Brigade units are stationed at the site in case of an emergency in summer.
Cr Emerson said companies had shown interest in investing in tyre recycling plants, but it was still early days.
"The tyre stockpile is a pretty controversial thing and there is a bit of danger associated with it," he said.
"We need to get something done."
He said the Labor party had not made any commitments around the tyres.
Labor candidate Daniel McGlone said we was conscious of the concerns around the tyres.
"I do applaud the council in its efforts to have practical recycling investigated," he said.
Mr McGlone said the Coalition had not presented a jobs plan for Stawell while also advocating for the mine's closure.
While he admitted that miners were unlikely to be employed by the particle physics laboratory, which Labor will give $1.75-million to, he said his party's plan would stimulate Stawell's economy.
"The main concern is to make sure there is money and investment in Stawell, and that means building on the most obvious project," Mr McGlone said.
"I was keen for the miners to keep working in the mine and we came up with a jobs proposal when the Liberal Government unexpectedly put the kibosh on the mining proposal."
He said rejecting of the proposal for the open cut mine had cost the town jobs.