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GOLD COAST BUL­LETIN Satur­day, April 14, 1986

GOLD Coast surf­board mak­ers feared they could be wiped out af­ter Sun­corp can­celled its in­sur­ance cover of some of their fac­to­ries due to fire con­cerns.

At least three board man­u­fac­tur­ers were told Queens­land’s big­gest in­surer would no longer cover them be­cause of high-fire risks.

Oth­ers were warned to clean up their work­shops in a ma­jor in­sur­ance shake-up of the fi­bre­glass in­dus­try.

The board mak­ers, many of whom were in­sured for years by SGIO be­fore it be­came Sun­corp, said they were be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against.

“It stinks,” said Hot Stuff Surf­boards pro­pri­etor Paul Hal­las. “They have dumped us.

“We’ve been with them for 11 years and haven’t even looked like hav­ing a fire here. No one here smokes so you’d need to torch the place to burn it down.

“What about the panel shops which have oxy­acety­lene equip­ment and pains and thin­ners? Surely that’s a much more ex­plo­sive sit­u­a­tion than a surf­board fac­tory? We feel we’re be­ing per­se­cuted.”

Mr Hal­las was one of a num­ber of Coast board mak­ers whose po­lices were can­celled by Sun­corp fol­low­ing in­spec­tions by in­sur­ance sur­vey­ors.

Each board maker re­ceived a let­ter from Sun­corp stat­ing that “be­cause of the present con­di­tion of the (board mak­ing) es­tab­lish­ment,” the com­pany was no longer pre­pared to cover them.

“Just how clean can you make fac­tory? Af­ter all, it’s a place of work,” said Cur­rumbin surf­board maker Ge­off Darby.

Mr Darby feared Sun­corp’s de­ci­sion could force him and oth­ers out of the in­dus­try.

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