Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

FO­RUMS to help home and busi­ness own­ers learn more about their in­sur­ance are be­ing held in coastal re­gional Queens­land cen­tres in­clud­ing Townsville this week as the in­dus­try con­tin­ues to count the cost of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

The fo­rums are be­ing con­ducted by the In­sur­ance Coun­cil of Aus­tralia. CEO Rob Whe­lan has at­trib­uted some 80 per cent of the cost of claims from Cy­clone Deb­bie to North Queens­land where the cat­e­gory 4 storm crossed the coast in the Whit­sun­days on March 28.

“In­sur­ers know the re­gion well, hav­ing paid more than $ 4.4 bil­lion in flood and cy­clone claims in North Queens­land in the past decade, in­clud­ing more than $ 800 mil­lion fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie,” Mr Whe­lan said.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­sur­ance Coun­cil, 41 per cent of claims came from the Whit­sun­days and Mackay with the re­main­der com­ing from cen­tres south to Lismore in NSW.

“The fo­rums are be­ing held in seven key com­mu­ni­ties to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on in­sur­ance and risks, bust some myths and hear from pol­i­cy­hold­ers,” Mr Whe­lan said

“ICA ex­perts will pro­vide a brief­ing on the is­sues and risks fac­ing each location and how they im­pact on in­sur­ance.”

The re­main­ing fo­rums are be­ing held in In­n­is­fail ( to­day), Ing­ham ( to­mor­row), Townsville ( Thurs­day), Proser­pine ( Fri­day), Mackay ( July 10) and Rock­hamp­ton ( July 11).

En­try is free. To reg­is­ter, call 1800 734 621. Visit in­sur­ance­coun­cil. com. au/ fo­rums Read sto­ries of hope and in­spi­ra­tion in De­fy­ing Deb­bie – $ 7.50 at the Bul­letin’s front counter. SHAP­ING UP: Rishaan Khandelwal, 6, has fun with origami. WITH win­ter school hol­i­days in full swing, there are plenty of free ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer across Townsville to en­ter­tain all ages and in­ter­ests.

The Mu­seum of Trop­i­cal Queens­land is show­ing Di­nosaur Dis­cov­ery: Lost Crea­tures of the Cre­ta­ceous, a show which fea­tures 20 an­i­mated and life- size di­nosaur mod­els.

Queens­land Mu­seum Net­work direc­tor and act­ing CEO Alexan­der Hay­ward said MTQ was at­tract­ing record visi­ta­tion with peo­ple com­ing in to see the show.

“The show has re­ally cap­tured vis­i­tors’ imag­i­na­tions and minds, and I en­cour­age peo­ple to visit the mu­seum to see them be­fore their de­par­ture next month,” Mr Hay­ward said.

Ci­tyLi­braries is hold­ing a series of free events at all lo­ca­tions that will give chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to show their cre­ative side with origami and a Chi­nese pa­per lantern work­shop. The Townsville City Coun­cil work­shops are part of the Cul­tural Out­reach to Com­mu­ni­ties Project.

Townsville Muliti­cul­tural Sup­port Group oper­a­tions co- or­di­na­tor Te­neale Grigg said the origami ses­sions had been pop­u­lar.

Headspace Townsville is also pro­vid­ing an arts work­shop called Deadly Draw­ing, aimed at high school stu­dents who en­joy doo­dling.

For those kids who are more ac­tive, Townsville’s out­door ar­eas boast plenty of space for a run around while the weather per­mits.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial for many of the city’s school hol­i­day pro­grams. For more in­for­ma­tion or to find out what else is hap­pen­ing visit townsvillekids. com. au


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