INDIGO Council would prefer to have given $120,000 instead of $12,000 to consultants to bolster its "climate emergency" action.
That was the message mayor Jenny O'Connor gave to a parliamentary inquiry into how the Victorian government can tackle climate change.
"By declaring a climate emergency declaration the risk to that is we have these words that don't mean anything, so how do we make that meaningful?" Cr O'Connor said.
"We've actually just employed some expert consultants.
"We've been able to allocate $12,000, that's all our budget would allow.
"We would like to allocate ten times that and my plea to the state government is that 'can you please give us adequate resourcing so we can do the work that we're very prepared to do with our community'."
Beechworth firm Fishbowl Public Relations has been appointed to gather feedback and report to council over coming months.
"Among our 32 small communities, some of them are very, very conservative and we also have quite a well represented climate denying (group of) people in our shire who really clearly don't understand what's really going on and have been fed a lot of misinformation," she said.
"That's a big problem for us politically, however we feel we have to take a strong leadership position."