Snowy Valleys mayor James Hayes, whose council was under siege from fires for two weeks, has supported calls for federal royal commission into the response to bushfires.
"I think it is imperative. These fires have been completely unprecedented; we have never seen anything like it," Cr Hayes said.
"I think we need to be more diligent in the way we manage our public lands. I think we need to make sure we have got access tracks available.
"Certainly some of the areas that burnt this time have not been burnt in living memory...there is so much anecdotal knowledge from this fire that we need to harvest."
Snowy Valleys towns that have been impacted by fire and loss of road access, electricity, water and phone services,.
Some councillors and business owners instead want money spent on a planned fuel reduction burn increases.
Tumbarumba Hotel publican Greg Scanlon, whose venue served as a fire evacuation point, said a royal commission would be a "waste of money".
"Getting back into the bush and starting back burning would be a better thing to spend the money," he said.
Snowy Valleys deputy mayor John Larter also said he would prefer to see money spent on planned burns.
Talbingo holiday home owner Dushan Ristevski, whose property was damaged by an ember attack, said there "should at least be a discussion with experts, so that we can explore different ideas of prevention".
Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has not revealed whether he will personally support establishing a royal commission into the national response to bushfires.
Mr McCormack did say a royal commission would be one way to address community concerns about "tragic" bushfires that have devastated communities across Australia, including in the Snowy Mountains.
Fires in the South West Slopes region have claimed houses and farms and former Wagga animal science student Samuel McPaul lost his life while fighting fires at Jingellic.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday that he would be "taking a proposal through cabinet" for a royal commission for a "review of the response" to the nation's bushfires.
Mr McCormack, who is part of the cabinet group of senior federal government ministers, said in response to the PM's comments that "there will be significant lessons to come out of this current bushfire season".
"The federal government is committed to ensuring we have the right measures in place, including looking at the roles and responsibilities of the federal and state and territory governments, as well as government agencies, to meet any future natural disaster response," he said.
"Provided the federal cabinet endorses in holding one in agreement with the states, a proposed royal commission into the bush fires would address these concerns."
"Any review into the current bush fire season would need to be undertaken in consultation with state and territory governments to make sure we leave no stone unturned - this includes the expectation of responsibility for each level of government and government agencies".
Mr McCormack said there would be "lessons to be learnt" from any review of the Dunns Road and Green Valley fires but did not name any specific issues with the bushfire response.
"The NSW Rural Fire Service and the Victorian Country Fire Authority have been outstanding in their response to the Dunns Road and Green Valley bush fires, especially considering the terrain in which these fires are burning," he said.
"I have met with volunteer firefighters tackling both blazes and I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for their bravery and commitment."
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said on Sunday that Labor was "not opposed to a royal commission" but did not want ongoing hearings used as an excuse "to avoid answering questions".
Mr Albanese also called for any inquiry into the bushfire response to examine "the impact of climate change".
"If there is a comprehensive inquiry going forward, then that's a positive thing," Mr Albanese said.