Insurance Council of Australia heads here
AUSTRALIA’S peak insurance body will meet with residents of areas Cyclone Debbie savaged.
The Insurance Council of Australia will host a series of community insurance forums, including one at Proserpine on Friday, July 7, from 6-9pm.
Australian insurance companies have paid out $4.4 billion in flood and cyclone claims across north Queensland over the past 10 years.
So far, Cyclone Debbie’s insurance bill is over $800m.
The cyclone caused damage from Bowen in Queensland to northern NSW.
ICA chief Rob Whelan said the organisation hoped property owners, local councillors, politicians and insurance brokers would attend the meetings.
A range of topics will be up for discussion, including how the insurance claims work, how floods and cyclones impact premiums and what home owners and business operators in storm-susceptible areas can do to lower their insurance costs.
“Though insurers are working hard to help families and businesses rebuild and recover, the industry often hears common questions and misconceptions about insurance, especially as it relates to natural disasters,” Mr Whelan said.
“ICA experts will provide a briefing on the issues and risks facing each location and how they impact on insurance. Attendees will be able to speak one-on-one to an insurance expert about their own situation.” You can read amazing stories of hope and inspiration in our special publication, Defying Debbie. Featuring heroes who helped overcome adversity in March and April and produced by the Whitsunday Times and News regional Media, this gloss 132-page book costs just $7.50 and all of the proceeds of the sale will help our regions rebuild. The money will be donated to the charity Givit.org.au, which is delivering goods and services to those in need in both states.
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