The Macleay Valley Recovery Hub, a single location centre for disaster assistance, was officially opened today.
Kempsey Shire Council established the hub following the unprecedented level of recent disasters in the shire and to make access to organisationes involved in the recovery easier for residents.
Mayor Liz Campbell officially opened the Recovery Hub today.
"The community has really joined together since the 2019 November bushfires and we've come to know each other a lot more," she said.
"Having all of the relevant agencies involved in the recovery under one roof will make things much easier for the community."
The hub is designed to prevent confusion or lost opportunity arising from the multiple agencies that are involved in the recovery process by bringing key support services together under one roof.
Residents can receive support, advice and information on the grants and programs available from the Government, charities and local support services.
Council's recovery coordinator, Jo McGoldrick, said the team will still travel to Bellbrook and Willawarrin to provide assistance.
"The Hub allows us to streamline the recovery services, but we're still going to outreach to the up river communities who were impacted by the bushfires," she said.
The Hub, located next to Service NSW in Kempsey, will provide face-to-face support from council as well as representatives from NSW Health, the Department of Primary Services and St Vincent de Paul.
It will be operational for the next 12 months and is funded by the NSW State Government.
"The Hub is open five days a week from 9.30am to 4pm, during that time locals can come in and ask any questions they might have and speak with one of the agencies," Jo said.