Johnathan Thurston teams up with young athletes to get storm ready


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Rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston recently teamed up with the Wulguru Little Athletics Club in Townsville to help them get storm ready.

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Johnathan Thurston teams up with young athletes to get storm ready

Wulguru Little Athletics Club is one of more than 40 Townsville-based community organisations who signed up to participate in Suncorp Insurance’s Storm Ready Streets initiative, which encourages community groups, businesses and households to team up and clean up ahead of storm season.

Johnathan Thurston said that a good storm season starts with a smart pre-season.

"I’ve seen the damage a storm can bring which is why I’ve teamed up with Suncorp to encourage Queenslanders to beat storm season," he said.

"Helping the young athletes at Wulguru Little Athletics Club clean up their sporting field was a heap of fun and a good chance to teach the kids an important lesson for the future."

Recent data from Suncorp revealed Townsville, and its surrounding suburbs, was the worst affected region across the State for storm-related claims.

Suncorp Industry and Community Relationships Manager Scott Cooper said it has been great to see members of the community get behind the Storm Ready Streets initiative and get their household, community groups and businesses ready.

"Across Queensland, we've had more than 90 community groups and more than 260 households sign up to prepare their homes for storm season, suggesting that there’s a strong awareness about the importance of storm preparation in Townsville," Mr Cooper said.

"Queenslanders can prepare for storm season by completing general maintenance, trimming overhanging trees and branches, removing any loose debris, cleaning out gutters and downpipes, and securing or putting away items outside."

#Top tips for preparing your home for storm season


Trim overhanging trees and branches

Clean out gutters and downpipes

Secure or put away any loose items outside

Check your roof is in a good condition

Get hold of documents like marriage certificates and wills and put them in something watertight

Take photos of any important receipts or precious items

Check your insurance is strong enough to cover you in the event of a storm - don’t be underinsured or out of date

If your area floods, check where there’s high ground and get to know where your community shelters and meeting points are.