After bushfires have ripped through their communities, residents and businesses are now facing the mammoth task of rebuilding.
Andrew Cottrill, the Riverina-Murray regional manager of the NSW Business Chamber, said the fires would have a severe and lasting impact on communities like those in the Snowy Valleys local government area.
Mr Cottrill said there would be effects both on tourism and on the region's industries.
"At the moment, we are assessing what support packages are needed," he said.
"There are so many potential impacts."
According to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, about 3900 head of livestock have so far been euthanised or confirmed deceased in bushfires across NSW.
Mr Cottrill said he was concerned that fodder supplies, already a critical issue because of the drought, could become increasingly in short supply.
With the current disaster still very much ongoing, planning for recovery has also begin, according to Snowy Valleys Council.
"This is going to be a long journey and current priorities are keeping people alive and reuniting families, getting a roof over everyone's head, getting food and fuel into the area, getting and keeping our transport water, sewer, power and telecommunications infrastructure operating, cleaning up and getting businesses re-established," a statement read.
"Council will establish a recovery action committee which will meet this week. The key areas of focus will be health and wellbeing, agriculture and livestock, business and tourism, infrastructure, waste and environment, donations and disaster relief, communications and community engagement.
"We will also look to refocus our council 'business as usual' activities as we deal with the challenges ahead."
A regional recovery committee has also been established for the Snowy Valleys, Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Snowy Mountains, and Queanbeyan-Palerang councils.
Snowy Valleys mayor James Hayes encouraged people who wanted to help in the fire recovery efforts to consider donating gift vouchers from local businesses or making a cash donation to one of the official appeals, or to consider providing some fodder for stock.
Councillor Hayes said the recovery of the region's softwood industry would be a major issue in the recovery process.
He said the cost to the region in lost production could be as much as a billion dollars a year for a decade.
"But there will be flow on. The houses that need to be rebuilt are usually built out of what we supply, and if there's no flow there, what's the alternative? Do you import timber?," Cr Hayes said.
At least one major Batlow apple grower is reporting only minor damage from the fires.
Montague Apples' orchard of more than 200,000 apple trees sustained damage to less than 5000 on the boundary of the property because fires were largely contained to areas outside of orchard blocks.