In­sur­ance Coun­cil of Aus­tralia heads here

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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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