Damage control for Coffs Harbour Marina
INCORPORATING repairs to Coffs Harbour Marina into the upgrade of the northern breakwall could be an outcome in the clean up from last week's wild weather.
An assessment of the damage is continuing this week after last Sunday's swell shattered the marina's boardwalk and destroyed a site office.
It's left many boaters, businesses and farmers struggling - a situation that took centre stage in yesterday's visit from NSW State Recovery Coordinator Dave Owens.
The visit included discussions with boaters and an inter-agency meeting with bodies including Coffs Harbour City Council.
Mr Owens said the talks focused on what support was available for the tourism, fishing and horticultural industries.
It comes as the upgrade begins to the Coffs Harbour northern breakwall.
State MP for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said discussions have been held for the contract to include repairs to the southern side of the breakwall.
Mr Fraser said rock had significantly shifted on the southern side during the storms and suggested negotiations be entered with the existing contractor rather that opening additional work to tender.
Support for blueberry and banana farmers also featured in discussions, with some growers counting losses of up to $300,000.
An assessment is continuing on provisions to reopen the walkway to Muttonbird Island, but a date is yet to be confirmed.
Mr Owens said a full picture of the damage bill would likely be ascertained within a fortnight.
"It's about fixing what is broken and fast-tracking support to get services up and running again," Mr Owens said.