City leads building approvals
MACKAY is leading the State with building approvals and builders more than ready for the spike in development.
Gemini Homes Mackay owner Graham Stritzke said the availability of land, increase in population and the extension of the Builders Boost Grant led to the increase in business approvals.
In Mackay new home approvals rose by 59% from 95 in October to 151 in November 2011.
Master Builders regional manager Malcolm Hull said he was not surprised to hear Mackay was leading the State in approvals.
"It's a healthy increase and it's good for the industry ... I knew that we had been busy," Mr Hull said.
"The building approvals have been well spread throughout the Mackay region, even up through the valley.
"With the Queensland Government extending the Builders Boost Grant to April 30, people need to act now if they still want to take advantage of this offer."
Mr Stritzke said while other regions in Queensland building industry have remained flat, Mackay was in its own bubble expanding.
"The availability of land has made a huge difference," Mr Stritzke said.
Mr Stritzke said the new housing estates which had recently opened allowed more people to lodge building contracts.
He also said Mackay builders had not been working at full steam, but they were more than ready for the task ahead of them.
"The local builders are only working at about 70% capacity," he said.
"But with all the new approvals we will be able to start doing some more work. This is great because the money and jobs will go to local builders and employees."
Mr Stritzke said the average first home for people in Mackay was a three-bed room, one bathroom and one ensuite.
"The majority of people are now building theatre (entertainment) rooms," he said.
"With new technology, wireless internet and iPads, you don't need to be in a study room to be on the internet ... you can be on your patio drinking a cup of tea."