Good tid­ings even­tu­ate from ill wind

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Tony Raggatt

HOME­OWN­ERS Brian and Tracy Thomas and chil­dren Ce­leste and Jack count them­selves more for­tu­nate than most when it comes sur­viv­ing disas­ter.

Not only have they come through a freak tor­nado which tore the roof off their home but it has now been re­placed and strength­ened to cur­rent stan­dards and paid for by in­sur­ance with their pre­mi­ums hav­ing been re­duced by $300 a year to recog­nise the work done.

“From a bad event, it’s turned out all right. It’s pretty good,” Mr Thomas said.

The Thomas’s ex­pe­ri­ence has been raised by Sun­corp as the kind of mit­i­ga­tion work which can im­prove the se­cu­rity of peo­ple and their homes as well as re­duce their pre­mi­ums.

More than 60 homes were dam­aged in the freak tor­nado which ripped through sub­urbs in Townsville four years ago.

The Thomas’s home has since been re­paired with the roof struc­ture up­graded in­clud­ing strap­ping of roof tim­bers and cy­clone rods in­stalled to con­nect the whole roof struc­ture to the walls. Mr Thomas said they now felt more se­cure.

Cy­clone Test­ing Sta­tion di­rec­tor David Hen­der­son said recog­ni­tion of roofs up­grades with lower pre­mi­ums pro­moted a safer com­mu­nity.

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