Busy time for builders; contractors take on extra workers
THE continuing strength of the local housing market appears to be further confirmed by new figures showing solid demand in the building industry.
And a prominent local builder has backed the figures, saying the interest has turned around his business.
Figures released by Glenelg Shire Council show that there were 284 building permits issued by the council and private contractors within the region for 2018, for a total of more than $13 million of work, with significant government spending included in this figure.
That was down from the 304 issued in 2017. The council said the most significant investment was in the health and tourism sectors, but the residential property sector has also seen a boost.
There were 37 permits for new homes issued in the shire last year, an increase of three on 2017.
The council traditionally releases building permit figures for the financial year, rather than the calendar year, and these are usually found in its annual report.
In 2017-18 there were 288 permits issued in total. The number has fluctuated in recent times, with the 338 in 2014-15 the highest figure in the past five years.
The number of permits for new homes has been as high as 55 in 2013-14, when several subdivisions were being built, down to 23 in 2015-16.