The Gold Coast has topped the list for the most storm and hail damage insurance claims in Queensland over the last year.
New data from the NRMA shows our city accounted for more than 17 per cent of all Queensland claims, just as the next storm season begins.
Oxenford, Robina and Upper Coomera were the worst-impacted suburbs, while Helensvale was the harder hit during the winter months.
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It’s part of the NRMA’s Insurance Wild Weather Tracker, which monitors severe weather claims across Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT each season.
The East Coast experienced a quieter than usual winter, but we are being warned that the summer storm season is fast approaching.
81 per cent of all storm-related claims over the last year, were from events that occurred between October and March (2020-21).
NRMA Executive General Manager Direct Claims Luke Gallagher says the tracker’s been useful for a number of reasons.
“We’ve created the Tracker to help communities understand that wild weather can happen at any time.
“No two seasons are the same and as our claims data shows, even low scale weather events can have a big impact,” Mr Gallagher said.
He’s also reminding everyone along the east coast to get prepared for the next storm season.
“While it was a mild winter, we’re expecting a wetter than usual spring on the East Coast, so now is the time to be taking practical steps to prepare for storms and wild weather.
“With many Australians spending more time at home due to the pandemic, we are reminding people to put aside some time to get their home disaster ready before the next storm hits.
“This gives you the best opportunity to protect your loved ones and property from a severe weather event,” Mr Gallagher said.
Across NSW, QLD and the ACT, storm and hail caused considerable damage in the 12 months to 31 August, accounting for:
• 59% of all NSW home claims – on average for the state since 2015-16
• 55% of all QLD home claims – well above the six-year average of 45%
• 45% of all ACT home claims – down on six-year average of 58%