THE coordinator of NSW State Recovery has inspected damage in Coffs Harbour, reminding residents and businesses of the assistance available following last week's East Coast Low weather event.
Dave Owens today toured Coffs Harbour to today meet with community leaders and inspect damage to the Coffs Harbour International Marina and local farms.
"The recent East Coast Low was an extraordinary weather event that has impacted large parts of the NSW coast, all the way from the Tweed in the north to Eden in the south," he said.
"The Coffs Coast has not escaped this damage, with the local marina and nearby banana plantations and blueberry farms affected.
"Elsewhere along the North Coast, there's been damage to oyster leases including around the Great Lakes area.
"This damage has the potential to have an impact on local industry, and we want to make sure residents and businesses have the information and support they need."
During his visit, Mr Owens attended the first meeting of the north coast region's recovery committee, which has been established to ensure a coordinated approach to recovery and support services.
While there has been damage to local infrastructure and industry, Mr Owens has reminded people from across the state that the region is open for business.
"One of the best ways that people can support the local community and region is to travel here, see the area and get behind local businesses," he said.
"Tourism is critical to the north coast and by supporting businesses across the region, you can help them get back on their feet faster."
A range of assistance measures have been made available by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments. Information about assistance measures available can be found at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au.