A WAGGA councillor says the city needs to prepare for future natural disasters by using the recent bushfires as a learning curve.
At Monday night's council meeting, councillor Vanessa Keenan intends to call for a review of Wagga's response to the bushfires and what could be done differently.
The Dunns Road bushfire has been burning for 21 days after a lightning struck near Tarcutta causing Wagga to become an evacuation point for hundreds of displaced people from the Snowy Valleys communities.
Although Cr Keenan said the city's residents "really stepped up" to support those who had been impacted, it did not come without obstacles.
"Everyone was so generous that it presented its own logistical problems by the amount of donations made ... so I suppose how do we harness that in the future," she said.
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"Is there anything we can have in place so that when - not if - another natural disaster event impacts our region do we have some systems that we can quickly put into action.
"We can make the most of the generosity and do our best to distribute donations as quickly as possible to those who need it."
A combination of fires in Wagga and bushfire smoke blown from elsewhere in the state saw the city record consistently poor and hazardous air quality for several weeks.
Cr Keenan said the recent devastation shows that Wagga could be significantly impacted without being in any direct danger itself. She said there are health impacts from extended periods of poor air quality and causes disruptions to everyday living.
"With Wagga being the regional centre is was disruptive to people's travels and plans ... it impacts on people going out to dinner or lunch, you think twice about doing that," she said.
The significant impact to the wineries and soft wood plantations will have an indirect effect on the region's economy, Cr Keenan said.
"The truck movement from the mountains down to Wagga ... will be reduce," she said. "As a city we're not isolated from the rest of the region, so what hurts our region hurts us as well."
Cr Keenan said she was not pushing for an immediate review, but it is important this matter is checked on.
Cr Paul Funnell, however said it is too soon to call for a report because the bushfires were not over, the smoke has not cleared and it is a long way to the end of summer.
"This is self-promotion at the worst time. It doesn't deserve the oxygen it is going to consume," he said.
Cr Funnell said when the "smoke clears and dust settles" then the council could address what is being done in the area of land management.
But until then, he said a public letter of thanks should be sent out to those who assisted in the fires and offer condolences to those who saw dramatic losses.