FEDERAL Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said more financial relief is on its way for fire-affected communities on the Mid-North Coast.
Mr Littleproud had hoped to visit the Mid-North Coast on Tuesday, November 19, but his flight was cancelled as planes were unable to land at Port Macquarie Airport due to poor air quality.
Mr Littleproud said the federal government's first priority was to give people "some dignity and respect".
"Some people have literally walked away with nothing," he said.
The federal government has activated disaster relief payments, which include immediate payments of $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for children, as well as 13 weeks of payments for those who have lost income because of the fires.
Mr Littleproud said the NSW state government is still assessing towns and villages on the Mid-North Coast for further disaster relief.
"You have to appreciate they are working as fast as they can," he said.
"You can't put agencies in harms way until the fires abate to a point it is safe."
On Sunday, November 17 the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced the state government will give $220,000 to support communities across the state that have been devastated by the recent fires.
On Tuesday, November 19 the Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced her government was committing up to $25 million to facilitate the cleanup of homes and properties damaged and destroyed by the recent fires.
Mr Littleproud said he had hoped to thank firefighters on the Mid-North Coast.
"To those brave men and women, many of whom are volunteers, thank you," he said.
He said the federal government brought in firefighters from other states and also New Zealand to relieve NSW firefighters as fatigue management was an issue.
"They are professionals and their fatigue management is being managed by emergency services at a state level," he said.
"Obviously this is an extreme event."
Mr Littleproud said the federal and state government welcome feedback on how the bushfire response was coordinated in NSW.
"What we need to do is to make sure the state government provides the right environment for not only the firefighters on the front line but also those that have been impacted to give frank and fearless feedback," he said.
"These are extreme events and you always want to learn from them.
"Any state government should be open and willing to have a transparent process where we learn from these events and I don't think that passes aspersions on any agency or government."
Mr Littleproud said there were many reasons for the bushfires, including the changing climate.
"The climate has been changing since we first tilled the soil in this country and the reality is we are going to have to continue to adapt to that," he said.
"These fires have been exacerbated by a prolonged drought which is the result of a changing climate, nobody is arguing with that."
Mr Littleproud hopes to visit the region in December.