Issued: 10 June 2016
NSW State Recovery Coordinator Dave Owens said the recovery from last week's East Coast Low weather event is well underway, with a recovery centre now open at Mona Vale on Sydney's northern beaches.
Mr Owens has been appointed State Recovery Coordinator, to ensure people have the information and access they need to get back on their feet quickly.
"Over the last week, we've seen some of the very worst of nature, with damage stretching all the way from the Tweed on the north coast, to Eden on the south coast," Mr Owens said.
"There has been significant storm and flooding impact on homes and businesses, damage to infrastructure such as public buildings and roads, and impact on industries such as fishing and farming.
"I have seen first hand the damage in areas such as Collaroy and Picton, and in coming days will be inspecting areas on the north and south coast that have been affected.
"And while the damage is extensive, at the same time we've seen an incredible response from emergency services, volunteers and local communities, working together to help one another, and a coordinated response from government services."
Mr Owens said local recovery committees have been established in the worst affected areas.
"This ensures a coordinated approach, and gives affected residents easier access to information and services.
"The recovery will take time. Our role is to make it as easy as possible for people to get back on their feet."
"I have already spent some time in Picton and the Northern Beaches to see the damage first hand and I will now head to the areas in the north and south which were impacted by the storm".
On Sydney's northern beaches, a recovery centre has opened today at Mona Vale, providing a one-stop shop for residents affected by the storm. The recovery centre will operate from 9am to 7pm today, and 9am to 4pm each day across the long weekend. It will remain open next week. The centre has been established at the Mona Vale Customer Service Centre at 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.
Local recovery committees have also been established in other affected areas, ensuring a coordinated approach from local and state government, and community organisations.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.