NORTH BREAKWALL: You can still walk a section of the breakwall to take in the view.
NORTH BREAKWALL: You can still walk a section of the breakwall to take in the view. Trevor Veale

Marina businesses need community support

THE marina and surrounding area took a hit in the recent storm but now businesses there are taking a second hit.

"The first few days after the big storm every man and his dog were here but in the past 10 days or so business has really dropped off," Mary-ann Crowther of The Galley said.

"We just want to let people know we're all here and we're open normal operating hours.

"It's like a domino effect, if business is quiet, local staff get less hours, we order less from suppliers and so on.

"Our griller is on and it's hamburgers and cheese toasties as usual so come on down to the marina."

Michael Beasley, general manager of the Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-operative, says even though access to Muttonbird Island is closed there is plenty to see and do at the marina.

"Come and watch the fishing vessels unloading and see what the fishermen do," Mr Beasley said.

"The fleet was not affected by the storm so it's business as usual, there's plenty of fresh fish or, if you prefer, order some hot fish and chips and enjoy your feed at our tables or one of the many picnic tables in the area."

With the upgrade of the north breakwall just beginning, it was planned the boardwalk would give pedestrian access to Muttonbird Island.

The boardwalk was a casualty of the storm so now it's all hands on deck to get it repaired.

"Our priority is to get the boardwalk up and running so people can walk to Muttonbird Island and our clients can get to their boats," marina manager Elise Currey said.

It's going to be a big job to repair the boardwalk which wasn't the only part of the marina that was severely damaged.

"Along with the boardwalk we lost our

 

office.

"In my 10 years as marina manager I haven't seen anything like that

 

weather.

"My office is now a shipping container, but it is business as usual; none of the businesses here were compromised, we're all up and running.

"The breakwall is partially open, people can still take photos and enjoy the view.

"The boardwalk is also open to people who have booked charters and whale watching tours."



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