Christmas News: Update on Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry & JCU Cyclone Testing Station.


We bring you news and information on:
  • The final ACCC Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry. The final 13 recommendations are worth reading and they are yet to be implemented.
  • The James Cook University Cyclone Testing Stations video's on cyclone wind classification and re-roofing. 
  • Our work in 2019 and services on offer.
We thank all our clients and colleagues for your business and support in 2019 and wish you a safe and blessed Christmas and New Year.

13 Recommendations to give Northern Australia insurance consumers more choice and more control

In July 2019, the ACCC released a final 13 recommendations in the second update report  aimed at boosting price transparency and consumer choice in northern Australia.

A national comparison website for home insurance and greater power for consumers in claims settlements are among measures proposed by the ACCC.

“Communities across northern Australia have told us of their frustration and, at times, distress, in trying to find suitable and affordable insurance in this market,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“Consumers have been given little visibility into how insurers assess risks, set premiums, or why premiums in this region continue to rise. The opacity and complexity of these markets makes comparing products extremely difficult.”

“Our recommendations aim to give consumers the clear, simple information they need to make these crucial decisions about their insurance cover,” Ms Rickard said. READ MORE


Re-Roofs & Wind Classifications - Information for Home owners,  Builders & Designers


Builders - Re-roofing after Storm Damage

Wind Classifications - Information for Homeowners

This year we turned 15 years old.
It has been busier than ever, carrying out projects from Thursday Island to Tannum Sands for families, businesses, investors, community associations, public institutions and the Government. 
Restoration of Woodward Street Bakery WWstB, Whitfield, Cairns.
Cairns North character precinct land subdivision with townhouse development
Additions and renovations to KFC Earlville, Cairns.
Inspection report on Evelina Bridge, Hopevale.

Our customers can rely on a range of services that steadily produce high-quality construction documents.

  • Scheme design and design development;
  • Structural and civil engineering;
  • Drafting and 3D modelling;
  • Construction drawings;
  • RPEQ Certification and Form 15 & 16 certificates;
  • Material specification documentation;
  • Contract negotiation and documentation;
  • Building inspections: pre-purchase and construction;
  • Insurance and damage reports including scope of work for reinstatement;
  • Cyclone Risk reports for insurance purposes;
  • Forensic engineering, legal reporting and expert witness services;
  • Development and building applications and administration and
  • Feasibility studies.

We present an inspiring animation of a new home we designed for a hillslope location. The building envelope is very economical although the swimming pool and landscaping is resort style, luxurious and tropical. Happy holidays!

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