Buildings increase

Building approvals in WA increased by 0.9 per cent in February, taking it 4.6 per cent above the recent lowpoint of October 1998.

The figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the trend for private sector houses above the level of February 1998.

The value of residential building approvals was $202.4 million in February up from $169.4 million for the corresponding month in 1998.

The North Metropolitan region encompassing Joondalup, Stirling and Wanneroo had the highest number of new house approvals in the metropolitan region with 311 new houses, out of 947 approvals for Perth.

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