The planning application for a permanent levee around one of the region's biggest power stations has been approved.
The Kerang substation has been surrounded by a temporary levee since floods two years ago.
Power to about 20,000 customers was threatened during the floods, when the station was protected by a sandbag levee local residents built.
The Gannawarra Shire's Geoff Rollinson says the construction on the permanent levee will begin soon.
"I hope so. I think the community will well and truly be happy to see it up," he said.
"I think they would like to be part of that grand opening or the cutting of the ribbon on that event and it's much the same as the works we are doing to repair the levee around the township as well."
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