A northern Victorian shire badly hit by flooding last year has endorsed the recommendations made after an inquiry into the state's levees.
A parliamentary committee has suggested changes to levee management, increased use of temporary flood protection and better harnessing of local knowledge.
Gannawarra Shire Mayor Max Fehring says the committee has clarified a lot of issues.
"We had so much ambiguity in the situation but this has cleared it up a long way better," he said.
"What's being proposed in the report is really a tripartite approach to it, between the CMA [catchment management authority], local government and other government agencies, to make sure we get this clearly defined once and for all."
Councillor Fehring says the committee has made an attempt to define local government's role.
"Well, like it or not, councils actually pick up all of the aftermath of floods, so, consequently I believe does a lot better in getting us involved with some of the planning issues on the front side, the complete mapping of where the levees are and who's responsible for what," he said.
Benjeroop's flood warden, Lindsay Schultz, agrees further clarification is needed about levee management but doubts whether any change will happen.
"When the river's down, everybody owns the bank. As soon as the river's up and it's overflown, nobody owns it," he said.
"They've got an opportunity now to do something. I was a part of those recommendations that went into this inquiry but will they look at them?"
The inquiry has also called on Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water to work with the State Government over the region's decommissioned irrigation channels.
The water authority's Helen Friend says it supports the recommendation.
"Look, our channel decommissioning project is very well advanced and we certainly acknowledge there are some concerns around the management of decommissioned channels going forward and we are quite happy to work with government agencies and other stakeholders going forward," she said.
The Victorian Government has six months to table its formal response to the report.
© ABC 2012
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