NORTHERN RIVERS FLOOD VICTIMS BENEFIT FROM NRMA COMMUNITY SPIRIT
Northern Rivers flood victims benefit from NRMA community spirit
8th February 2008
“…better protection needed for local victims of natural disasters in the future …”
Member for Lismore Thomas George has congratulated and thanked NRMA Insurance on what he called ‘an exceptional display of community spirit’ following the company’s announcement it would make payouts to local flood victims even though they weren’t technically covered under their policies.
“NRMA Insurance will honour local flood claims even though insurance policies do not generally cover such events. This is an exceptional gesture from a major insurer with a strong history of corporate responsibility and community spirit,” Mr George said.
“NRMA Insurance is leading the way and I call on the other major insurers to follow suit.”
Mr George, who recently toured flood affected areas on the North Coast with the NSW Premier, said Government now needed to take action as it was unrealistic to expect insurance companies to continue to make such ex-gratia payments.
“NRMA Insurance correctly points out that governments of other countries do make special provisions to help their residents with flood insurance, and I support the company’s pleas for our Government to follow suit,” Mr George said.
“Australia, and the Northern Rivers in particular, are especially prone to major weather events. That is why we should be leading the way, not pulling the chain.”
The Lismore MP, whose electorate includes communities from Lismore and Kyogle to Murwillumbah said he would raise the issue in the Legislative Assembly when Parliament resumes on February 26.
“This isn’t a party political issue and I don’t see why we cannot work with the Government to ensure better protection for local victims of natural disasters in the future,” Mr George concluded.
NB: a copy of NRMA Insurance’s press release on the subject is attached