Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show 85 buildings were approved in the Mackay and Whitsunday council areas in August, worth a total of $38.6 million.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show 85 buildings were approved in the Mackay and Whitsunday council areas in August, worth a total of $38.6 million. Jodie Richter

$38M boost to building industry

DWELLING approvals across the Mackay and Whitsunday regions topped $38million in August.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show 85 buildings were approved in the Mackay and Whitsunday council areas in August, worth a total of $38.6 million.

The number and total value of the approved buildings were up on July when 66 buildings worth $29.5 million were approved.

In Mackay alone, 37 houses worth $13 million were approved in August, up on 36 houses worth $11 million in July.

House approvals in Whitsunday significantly increased in August to 48 house approvals worth $25.4 million, compared to 30 house approvals in July worth $18 million.

This year, 73 houses have been approved in Mackay, up from 46 approvals across the same period in 2017.

The year-on-year increase was even more stark in Whitsunday, 78 houses have been approved this year compared to just 18 between January and August 2017.

Gemini Homes carpenters Ryan Park and Harry Green.
Gemini Homes carpenters Ryan Park and Harry Green. Ashley Pillhofer

Master Builders Queensland deputy CEO Paul Bidwell said construction remained a key economic sector in every community.

"Building approvals is a really important indicator of how the local economy is doing,” he said.

"If people are living and working in the area, if industry is doing well, then people are going to be looking at building.”

Mr Bidwell said almost all approved buildings were built, but construction commencement could take years.

"The correlation between approvals and construction is very high, around 99 per cent.

"If a developer is doing their job right, they shouldn't be applying for approvals for buildings that aren't going to get built.” - NewsRegional


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