With the rains come new risks – landslip

With the rains come new risks – landslip

It is expected that much needed rain is going to fall over the areas badly effected by bush fires this summer. Without the grasses, bushes and trees to hold the soil in place there is a much greater threat of landslip and inundation from rainwater. Please keep this in mind if you are travelling or live in a area so effected.

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Rebuilding buildings destroyed in the bush fires

Rebuilding buildings destroyed in the bush fires

In 1666, Sir Christopher Wren was already drawing up plans for the new London while the city was still burning during what we now know as the Great Fire of London. I am not sure we are as fast or long term thinking as those in the 17th Century. One thing that is clear is that it would be fool hardy in the extreme to […]

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Bushfire BBQ Safety Checklist – Elgas

Bushfire BBQ Safety Checklist – Elgas

Elgas has published a helpful Bushfire BBQ Safety Checklist to assist the public if a bushfire is approaching. It outlines the steps you should take to ensure they are as safe as possible and for the best way to prevent any worsening conditions due to the gas. It was reported from the Mallacoota fires that people could hear exploding gas bottles in the fires but […]

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A quick update on LMI’s response to the bush fires

A quick update on LMI’s response to the bush fires

My colleagues and I from LMI are looking after losses arising from the bush fires in 4 states using our locally based claims teams. We are fortunate to be able to assist in every state and territory in Australia and New Zealand, the only firm with team members all around. It also allows us the opportunity to bring in additional resources as required from other […]

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The number of homes destroyed in NSW by bush fires is terrible

The number of homes destroyed in NSW by bush fires is terrible

More than 680 homes have been destroyed by bushfires in NSW this season, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) has confirmed. When you consider that NSW has the lowest take up of home insurance and the highest level of under insurance it paints a heartbreaking Christmas for many. Another 250 houses have been damaged, while more than 2,000 outbuildings have been destroyed or damaged. The updated […]

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Our politicians are so out of touch!

Our politicians are so out of touch!

It was reported last week that Assistant Treasurer Mr Sukkar (Liberal) called on the State Government in Queensland (Labor) for the removal of stamp duty on insurance in North Queensland. When asked the appropriate question as to whether he would ask the New South Wales government (Liberal) to do the same he said that it was not such an issue in that state. First up, […]

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Isn’t your home worth good insurance?

Isn’t your home worth good insurance?

The old saying goes that every person’s home is their castle. Castles were made to be protected, as like the modern home, they house the people and possessions that mean the most to us. A good insurance policy by its very nature is the last line of protection. The reality is that even the best maintained property can be subject to an accidental fire, storm […]

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We need uniform laws around bushfire zoning

We need uniform laws around bushfire zoning

As my wife and I were to attend a recent insurance conference on the Gold Coast we flew up a day early so that we could catch up with some very long standing friends. They had moved from their beautiful ocean side apartment up to a 10 acre block in the Tallebudgera Valley. This is in the Gold Coast hinterland. They had only recently purchased […]

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Now is the time to raise ESL with the NSW Government

Now is the time to raise ESL with the NSW Government

After every mass shooting in the US the National Rifle Association come out and say this is not the time to have the debate. Well this is in fact, the best time to have the debate for the community, perhaps not for the NRA. The same is happening here about the Emergency Services Levy in NSW. As I reported earlier today the fire services are […]

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Emergency Services Levy – the added cost to insurance

Emergency Services Levy – the added cost to insurance

A few weeks ago when I was watching the disturbing photographs of the bush fires in Queensland and New South Wales they showed footage of the Premier of New South Wales meeting with volunteer fire fighters. I wanted to post something at the time, but did not feel it appropriate when people’s lives and homes were at risk, but the thought crossed my mind. How […]

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