Gold Coast hardest hit by severe autumn weather

The Gold Coast has topped the list of the Queensland regions most affected by severe weather during autumn.

According to NRMA Insurance, autumn was the third-worst season for weather-related home damage ever, only behind the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires and the summer of 2018-19.

There were more than 25,000 claims for weather damage across Queensland, NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT during autumn.


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That follows a massive 30,000 insurance claims in northern NSW and southeast Queensland following the flood crisis in late February and early March.

Queensland had 1,571 severe weather claims with the Gold Coast accounting for 15.3 per cent of those.

Southport was the worst-affected suburb in the state while Robina came in at number five.

It comes as new research shows a growing number of Australians are becoming more concerned about the frequency and severity of natural disasters.

NRMA found 77 per cent of Australians are worried compared to 64 per cent a year ago.

“Over the past two years, Australians have faced some of the most devastating natural disasters and extreme weather in decades,” NRMA Insurance Executive General Manager Direct Claims Luke Gallagher said.

“The impacts of a changing climate means that wild weather will continue to be a fact of life. As individuals, we are not powerless. Every household can play a role in understanding how they can be better prepared for severe weather.

“The recent flood crisis has strengthened Australians’ resolve for all levels of government to take action on climate change and disaster mitigation to keep communities safer.”