WHILE a number of residents whose homes were damaged during the February tornadoes are still not back in their homes, the scarring on the landscape is healing.
Six months on and trees that survived are sprouting and soon the physical signs of the tornadoes on the town will be all but gone.
From Kiama Council's perspective, the re-opening of the Leisure Centre is the final piece in the clean-up.
Mayor Brian Petschler said the emergency response to kick off the recovery had been excellent.
"I think it will be looked at as a template for future disasters across the state," he said.
The council's engineering and works director Bryan Whittaker said that aside from the Leisure Centre re-opening, the council had "moved on". He also praised the community for the way it handled the aftermath.
"I think the community as a whole has done really well - the services clubs, the SES, the Red Cross," Mr Whittaker said.
"Council has been praised and recognised by emergency services for the way we handled it. We are never going to do it perfectly and we all learned some things, but overall it was handled very well."
Mr Whittaker also praised council disaster relief co-ordinator Michael Innes.
Mr Innes said the council went above and beyond the call of duty to try and lessen the stress for affected residents.