Demand for labourers has skyrocketed as building companies rapidly expand on the back of significant government incentives that are also helping fuel near record lending by WA homeowners.
Kate Purnell & Sean Smith
With no end to COVID-19 in sight, most Australian industries have been forced to adapt, creating a huge demand for workers to fill scores of roles.
More than 11,000 West Australian families have built new homes with the help of the Federal Government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant.
Figures from the Master Builders Association WA showed a more than 100 per cent increase in approvals for new homes in October, with cashed-up first-time buyers leading the charge.
A legal feud has broken out over what and who is to blame for raw sewage flowing into a chic Kings Square fitness centre.
Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group could be facing a cost blow-out totalling hundreds of millions of dollars on its Iron Bridge magnetite project in the Pilbara, sources suggest.
A $300 million Chinese bid for an Australian construction firm has been put on ice on expectations Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg would reject it on national security grounds.
Danielle Le Messurier
Approvals for private houses had now surged 40 per cent since June.
Many residential construction companies are facing a bleak future with forecasts of a wave of collapses.
WA is on the verge of a jobs bonanza with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA saying 17,000 workers will be needed over the next two years — demand not seen since the height of the resources boom.
Len Buckeridge’s widow Siok Puay Koh, known as Tootsie, is claiming millions of after-tax proceeds from the complex carve-up of the late billionaire’s property and building empire.
With billions of dollars of infrastructure projects in the pipeline, a female leader in WA’s construction industry wants more women to consider a career in the booming building sector.
The competitor regulator said without a sale, Midland Brick would probably be closed.
Owner Adbri has pushed the button on a multimillion-dollar project to transform its WA cement operations south of Perth.
A billion-dollar development in Cockburn Central is set to deliver nearly 20 new towers up to 17 floors high, and create Perth’s biggest car-free residential zone.
Indigenous Australian artist Marcia McGuire has started her own company to bridge the disconnect between WA corporates and Aboriginal culture.
The McGowan Government has introduced new rules to help mining companies streamline construction approvals in a bid to reduce red tape.
A private-investor developer has bought two low-rise neighbouring properties in East Perth which have the potential to be developed into a high-rise development.
The fight to transform Cottesloe beachfront — once described by the premier as a Roman ruin — has kicked off again with new plans for a high rise apartment complex 100m from the water.
Kim Macdonald exclusive
Australians have taken up $1 billion worth of the Federal Government’s $25,000 COVID-19 Home Builder grants, smashing expectations for the stimulus scheme.
Michael Traill and Linda Silmalis
WorkSafe investigators have reassembled the roof that collapsed at Curtin University in October, bringing them a step closer to finding out how young worker Jonnie Hartshorn was killed.
New home builders or renovators rushing to access a HomeBuilder grant before the end of the year have been given a three-month reprieve under changes to the Morrison Government’s stimulus scheme.
Being pidgeon-holed by her appearance and gender put award-winning apprentice Monique Juratovac on the path to a whole new career.
Who says that construction is a man’s world? There’s plenty of award-winning females holding their own in the industry.
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