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Insurance in parts of the Gold Coast now unavailable or unaffordable due to flood risk

Insurance in parts of the Gold Coast now unavailable or unaffordable due to flood risk

Some home insurers will no longer touch parts of the Gold Coast, leaving residents with unaffordable premiums or without insurance as what experts call the “red-zone” phenomenon expands.

It comes after the Gold Coast experienced a major flooding event earlier this month, with more than 120 millimetres of rain falling in one day. Rainfall records were also smashed earlier this year.

Quote requests lodged with Youi, Budget Direct and other budget insurers were denied for properties in Harris Court, Currumbin Waters, which is in a City of Gold Coast designated flood zone.

Other, larger, insurers offer quotes for policies, but the premiums could be as high as $9000 a year for just the house if storm surge coverage is included.

For policies where storm surge coverage was not immediately clear, the price was between $2500 to $2900.

One resident in the area, who declined to be named, told Domain that Youi declared there was no option to renew their policy when it expired.

Red zones are where home insurance becomes prohibitively expensive due to the high risk of natural disaster, or insurers decline to offer coverage at all.

In parts of Surfers Paradise, the situation is similar. In a flood zone in River Drive, both Youi and Budget Direct did not issue online quotes.

On Rapallo Avenue, Surfers Paradise, on a block partially in the flood zone, Youi will not complete a quote and Budget Direct would quote about $1100 a year but would not include flood cover.

Youi said in a statement the company was “selective about issuing new policies in Currumbin Waters because of the high risk of water inundation, a decision based on both independent flood mapping data and previous claims experience.”

The insurer did not answer the question about whether a Currumbin Waters resident could take out a policy at all, or why others were unable to renew. It did not address Surfers Paradise.

Budget Direct did not respond by deadline.

Climate change consultancy Climate Risk’s director Karl Mallon said the relatively unaffordable insurance rates or unwillingness to insure altogether was troubling.

“They could just turn down the flood cover, but reputationally it just doesn’t look good when a flood comes and people don’t get paid out,” he said. “They say, ‘we just don’t want to know.’

“If they’ve come to that view, what happens if other insurers do? You’re creeping towards uninsurability.”

Insurance premiums of up to $3000 were approaching unaffordability, Dr Mallon said.

“That’s indicating the market rate for flood,” he said. “Last I looked, the median wage in Australia is $60,000, it’s not actually that high.

“That’s 5 per cent of someone’s wage, that’s a lot of money. A few people are starting to baulk at the price.”

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Dr Mallon said the $1100 a year figure, quoted by Budget Direct in Rapallo Avene, Surfers Paradise, was still a cause for concern.

“It’s a little bit on the high side but a normal sort of a price,” he said. “[But] when you try to add flood cover, they just won’t do it.”

The $9000 per year quote was provided by NRMA Insurance. A spokesman said in a statement the price was because their data modelling suggested a flood event was likely, but the premium could increase or decrease as new information became available.

“Our customers’ premiums are assessed at their individual property level and reflect their exposure to a range of risks, including flood, as well as other natural disasters,” he said. “NRMA Insurance Home policies automatically provide cover for flood, rainwater run-off and storm surge, which we believe is critical for our customers in coastal areas.”

Dr Mallon said the figure was close to a “real” price for the risk of insuring in these areas, but it amounted to red-zoning.

“If they’re coming in at $9000, that’s exactly a red-zone number for us. We think a lot of people may not be able to afford that,” he said. “There are only really two reasons. One is they genuinely believe that’s the right price they have to charge so they don’t make a loss.

“The only other explanation is they actively don’t want people to take their contract.”

Dr Mallon said he would think twice before buying a property in an area where insurance was that expensive.

If I was a home buyer and I was going into an area like this … this is a pretty big warning sign,” he said. “That’s for this year, that’s not even for the future with climate change.

“Someone buying a house is locking themselves in for 30 years, and the world is changing pretty fast.”

Youi’s statement said there was a need to restrict the construction of new homes in areas at risk of natural disasters, to ensure insurance would remain affordable.

Dr Mallon agreed.

“The big agreement [within the insurance industry] is that buildings are being built where they shouldn’t and with materials, they shouldn’t. It’s not acceptable,” he said.

“The idea we’re allowing the property sector to get away with building high-risk properties is like allowing people to put arsenic in one in 100 tubs of baby formula.”

 

 

 

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Builder appointed for new luxury Gold Coast development The Monaco

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Gold Coast-based developer Ignite Projects have appointed McNab Construction to build their 25 level Main Beach project, The Monaco. 

The Monaco at 2-4 MacArthur Parade will home 25 half and full-floor residences, adjacent to the Southport Marina. 

Designed by Rothelowman, the new tower will feature the Southern Hemisphere’s first car elevator to apartments, sky garage and a custom-designed kitchens for each buyer. 

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Apartments in the Monaco will offer up to 362 sqm of living space, a communal 24-metre heated pool and an additional multi-purpose space, as well as the sky cave.

One whole floor of the Monaco has been dedicated to private storage space.

“McNab has a brilliant track record for delivering projects that exceed all expectations in terms of quality and deliverables, so they are a good fit for our project team,” Ignite Projects’ Josh Foote said. 

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Construction is expected to take 20 months to complete and will begin around mid-next year. 

The project is expected to support over 200 construction jobs a day during peak times, McNab Construction manager Mark Jewell said. 

 

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Elysian Broadbeach finishes construction, selling final apartments

The luxury Broadbeach tower Elysian has finished its construction and has released the remaining apartments for sale.

The Spyre Group’s Broadbeach development sold 85 percent of its stock and has released only 10 apartments remaining, a mix of two, three, and four-bedroom units. 

Elysian at 185 Old Burleigh Road has 61 apartments across its 21 levels.

Elysian Broadbeach Apartments

Prices start at $785,000 for a two-bedroom apartment or from $1.5 million for a three-bedroom.

Designed by ML Architecture and Boyds Bay Group, Elysian’s amenities include a swimming pool, yoga terrace, sauna room, and gym. 

Just 70 meters from the beach, the rare beachfront offering enjoys 180-degree views of the expansive ocean, city, and Gold Coast hinterland.

Its features include open-plan living and dining, balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and timber flooring.

Elysian Broadbeach Apaertments

CBRE Gold Coast is marketing the project. 

 

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Gold Coast set for Australia’s first Mondrian brand residences and five-star hotel

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The boutique US hotel operator Mondrian has announced it will open its first five-star hotel and brand residence in Australia at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.

Mondrian, a partnership between SBE Entertainment and hospitality giant Accor, has engaged the local developer Vitale Project to construct the two tower development which is slated for completion in mid-2023.

The two towers, designed by the multi-award-winning architect Elenberg Fraser, will separate the 89 private residences from the hotel, which will have 208 guest rooms.

Studio Carter, the international hospitality design consultant, was commissioned to oversee the interior design.

The building will be connected by a three-level podium that acts as the building’s communal space and will home a state-of-the-art fitness center, spa, restaurants, and swimming pools, all overlooking the beach.

It’s being built on 4,035 sqm on the corner of First Avenue and The Esplanade Burleigh Heads.

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Mondrian Gold Coast is one of nine new Mondrian properties that SBE plans to open globally by 2022, with six more to be announced.

It follows the company’s recent opening of Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, and the announcement of Mondrian Shoreditch London set to open in 2021.

The Gold Coast has grown into one of Australia’s leading travel destinations and the opening of Mondrian Gold Coast is the next step in our strategic global expansion for the Mondrian brand, selecting communities at the heart of the most exciting cultural destinations in the world,” SBE’s chief operating officer Chadi Farhat said.

Accor Pacific chief executive Simon McGrath said the expansion of the first-ever Mondrian into Australia reflects Accor’s commitment to developing innovative, lifestyle-oriented hotels alongside SBE.

“With the Mondrian brand, SBE creates destinations within the destination, bringing together regional authenticity with sophisticated design, creative programming, and a lively bar and restaurant scene.

“Mondrian Gold Coast will be the embodiment of this philosophy: providing residents and guests with elevated hospitality experiences that match the beauty and vibrancy of Australia’s Gold Coast region.”

LGC Property Investments, directed by Chris and Letitia Vitale, paid $22 million for the site, which currently houses the 1960s apartment block White Horses Apartment, in July.

There had been an agreement in place for the Brisbane-based Neilson Properties to buy the site in 2018, but that failed to proceed.

The White Horse Apartment owners had been in court battles for a number of years trying to band together to sell their combined 49 apartments.

But because it was a company titled block, they needed 100 percent of the vote to approve a sale, however, six owners resisted.

 

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