Building approvals boosted

SOME 400 building approvals were issued in the South West during August, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.

Of these, 327 approvals were for new houses, adding $35 million to the local building industry.

The subregional area of Preston, incorporating Bunbury, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup and Harvey, accounted for 38 per cent of the new approvals in the South West.

Busselton outstripped Bunbury with fifty-six new houses with a total value of $6.5 milllion approved

compared to Bunbury’s fifty-one new house approvals worth $5.9 million.

The subregional area of Dale, incorporating Mandurah, had 100 new home approvals, the Vasse region had seventy-seven and Blackwood, incorporating Bridgetown and Manjimup, had twelve new homes approved.

The South West accounted for

20 per cent of all approvals, metropolitan Perth had 68 per cent, while the rest of the state had 22 per cent of approvals made in the State

during August.

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