Melbourne Replaces Sydney as Centre of Housing Construction Boom

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The housing construction industry in Melbourne is now the epicentre of the nation’s residential building boom replacing Sydney with 12 of the top 20 housing construction “hotspots” located in Melbourne.

According to research by the Housing Industry Association, over the last financial year Melbourne had the majority of  “hotspots” in the top 20 “hotspots” with the remaining 8 being located in Sydney and Southeast Queensland.

A “hotspot” is a region where at least $150 million worth of residential construction work was approved over a 12 month period and the rate of population growth is faster than the national average (1.6%).

The HIA said solid employment and population growth in Victoria will result in it continuing to dominate the “hotspots” list for the current financial year and even longer.

In the 12 months to June 2017, Melbourne’s population grew by 125,400.

As the demand for housing continues, the housing construction sector in the state will continue to flourish and tradies will benefit. If you’re interested in capitalising on the Victorian construction boom and getting involved in this industry for the first time, or if you plan on returning to it,  you need to complete the White Card course (Work Safely in the Construction Industry). You can complete the Victorian White Card course online and get your nationally recognised accreditation to start earning in the construction sector anywhere in Australia today.

Read more at https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-housing-construction-hotspots-population-growth-sydney-melbourne-queensland-2018-6

Victorian Construction Boom Displaces Kangaroos

The booming construction industry isn’t great news for everyone, 100 kangaroos have become the latest casualty in the insatiable Melbourne expansion.

The kangaroos have become trapped between their natural habitat, a rail line and new schools in the district.

The animals have been blocked from their natural habitat at Plenty Gorge Park due to construction of the new Mernda rail extension and two schools.

According to ecologist Shai Ager, the kangaroos were trapped by construction and left without access to water unless it rains.

Read more at https://sourceable.net/kangaroos-victims-in-vic-construction-boom/

How Women in Construction are Cashing in on Booming Industry

Women who want to cash in on the booming construction sector in NSW are being encouraged to do so by the Vocational and Educational Training (VET) sector, government and businesses.

Although women make up just 11 per cent of the construction sector’s workforce, experts say now is the best time for women who want to pursue a career in this challenging but rewarding industry.

Women should get qualified to ensure they’re in line for highly paid construction jobs.

Lendlease’s Craig Laslett said with the advancements in technology and machinery, alot of the manual handling associated with construction work has been done away with and anyone with the right attitude can work in the industry. And with all the activity in infrastructure construction in the state, more skilled labours are needed over the coming years.  Read more at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/women-can-cash-in-on-construction-boom-and-not-get-muscled-out/news-story/4efd8e05ba1cdf92fb0ae10b8d6a07d8

It’s important to note that before beginning work or apprenticeships on any construction site in NSW or elsewhere in Australia, you must complete general construction safety training, more frequently referred to as The White Card. This course can be completed online, quickly and conveniently and the nationally valid White Card posted to you wherever you are in Australia. Find out more here.

Construction at A Ten Month High

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Good news for builders, the construction sector is enjoying its highest level of activity in 10 months in June. The sector swung from contraction in May to expansion in June 2016.

The Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Construction Index (PCI) rose 6.5 points to 53.2 points, anything over 50 points indicates expansion.

The growth in the index was reportedly  driven by the first increase in new orders in 8 months. Current activty and employment figures are also higher.

All 4 sub-sectors of the PCI recorded growth – even the previously struggling engineering sector.

 

For more go to: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-07/construction-sector-growth-hits-10-month-high/7575980