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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How could the NSW Government get it so wrong on the removal of the Emergency Services Levy (TAX)?

How could the NSW Government get it so wrong on the removal of the Emergency Services Levy (TAX)?

I read the article in insuranceNEWS in which it was reported that the NSW parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee, which held an inquiry to consider the impact of the abandoned reform, “found the NSW Government’s failed implementation of [the reform] was a poor public policy decision, undertaken without adequate understanding of the complexities of the issue or the impacts of the proposed reforms.” What beggars belief is that […]

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How a bush fire can create its own weather

How a bush fire can create its own weather

Back in January of this year, the Bureau of Meteorology published a very interesting article on how a bush or forest fire can create its own weather. I see that the ABC News has picked up the story and I agree it is worth sharing and understanding. Here is a link to the original article.  

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Bush fire warnings for NSW and QLD

Bush fire warnings for NSW and QLD

I heard on the news this morning that there is extreme bush fire danger in parts of NSW and QLD. To think that this is coming in historically, the coldest month of the year for Australia, and not the height of summer, is a wake up call that this risk is ever present. Those living in bush fire prone areas need to have a carefully […]

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The insurance industry needed a good 2018 – The Carr Fire in California is the worst in the state’s history.

The insurance industry needed a good 2018 – The Carr Fire in California is the worst in the state’s history.

In Northern California, the Carr Fire has burned at least 110,154 acres since Monday 23rd July and is reported to have claimed at least six lives according to media reports and Cal Fire. The cause of the fire was a “mechanical failure in a vehicle.” To date over 38,000 people have been evacuated due to the fire. It has been reported that the surveying of […]

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Greek Wildfires – an update

Greek Wildfires – an update

While I was over in Fiji to deliver a paper at a conference I heard that Greece had been hit by wild fires. I checked with our staff with a Greek heritage to ensure their families were okay and I immediately dropped a note to our fellow International Institute of Claims Preparers member Fair Consulting’s Managing Director to make sure he and his family and […]

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Guest Post – What does home insurance cover?

Guest Post – What does home insurance cover?

I often get requests from people and organisations seeking to make a guest post on my site. Unless it is meaningful and is not a straight product flog I will certainly share and embrace their articles. (You would be staggered how many requests I get from gambling sites). This guest post is from Alex at Lendi.com.au. What does home insurance cover?   The Wye River […]

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Learning from the past to protect against today’s hazards

During the very hot summer of 2008-2009, that included the Black Saturday bush fires, our Melbourne office was left without power due to both the fires and the inadequacy of an electrical sub-station across the road. As it is imperative for us to provide our claims services during periods of natural catastrophe, so we are able to assist people in need we installed a backup […]

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