ED­I­TOR’S COM­MENT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

RISK is fas­ci­nat­ing. There has right­fully been a back­lash in this re­gion against the very high insurance premi­ums that the big in­sur­ers have seen fit to levy on us. Fed­eral Mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch has led the cam­paign to see some re­dress of this crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in which body cor­po­rates, home­own­ers and lately busi­nesses too are be­ing slugged with spec­tac­u­lar in­creases in premi­ums.

The cam­paign has gained trac­tion with the state gov­ern­ment’s move to open up its flood map­ping data to the in­sur­ers, in the hope they can as­sess risk more ac­cu­rately than the broad brush ap­proach we seem to suf­fer now.

But as we watch a long, hot sum­mer get off to a dev­as­tat­ing start al­ready in New South Wales, on top of the enor­mity of the catas­tro­phes down south in re­cent years, you’d think that the in­evitabil­ity of cat­a­strophic events is equal to or even worse than in the Wet Trop­ics.

But they tell us this is a less safe part of the world. Hav­ing lived nearly all of my life in the south­ern states I wouldn’t build a house near the trees for any­thing.

And when they tell us this re­gion is riskier, I doubt it. Yes it has cy­clone risk. But no one starts a cy­clone with a box of matches.

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