The impact on property and what’s ahead for cyclone season 20/21

Australia’s property market has proved it can weather natural disasters as devastating as 2017’s Cyclone Debbie. But what would happen as cyclones move further south in climate change scenarios? And what does that mean for homeowners, bankers and insurers?

As another cyclone season gets underway, memories of Cyclone Debbie are still fresh in the minds of thousands of Queenslanders and the Queensland tourism industry. The Category 4 severe tropical cyclone with its 270km/h peak gust winds left a trail of destruction across the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach, Proserpine, Bowen and Collinsville in March 2017.

Unlike other tropical weather events, Debbie wreaked havoc beyond gale-force winds. Just as Australians started to…



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