The mayor in the NSW Blue Mountains is launching an appeal to help fire-ravaged communities rebuild.
Mark Greenhill says the appeal should be open by the end of Monday, as the bushfire crisis rolls on.
He's thanked the NSW government for declaring a state of emergency, which gives authorities to power to order people from their homes.
"The absolute intensity of what we face in coming days means the government has to take all steps to ensure the safety of others," Mr Greenhill told ABC television.
"(We've got) 210 homes lost, 109 damaged, but yet no loss of life. To maintain that fantastic record we need to be tough and strong."
Mr Greenhill said fire crews and other support were pouring in from all over the country.
"And that community spirit, both within and outside the Blue Mountains, just lifts you," he said.
"We've got tough days ahead, and we've had tough days behind us, but make no mistake, we will get through this."
He hoped to announce how people could donate to the mayoral appeal in coming hours.
The mayor of a Queensland city hit hard by the 2011 floods says his community is right behind Mr Greenhill and the Blue Mountains community.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale will use the Local Government Association of Queensland conference, underway in Cairns, to start co-ordinating a supportive response from Queensland councils.
He said he'd spoken to Mr Greenhill at the weekend, offering his support.
"I know what he's going through," Mr Pisasale told AAP.
"In 2011, we were devastated by the floods.
"I went five or six days without sleep.
"There's no manual for this. You've got to rely on your gut instincts and get out there and help."
He said he had powerful memories about the support that came from across Australia when Ipswich flooded.
And he wants to return the favour.
"We'll be in the thick of it. I'll co-ordinate whatever help they need," he said.
"I do ask people to wait and see what is needed first because the last thing they need is truck loads of things they don't need."