29/04/2011 - 10:01

WA features in building hotspots report

29/04/2011 - 10:01

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Four Western Australian suburbs have been ranked among the nation's top twenty building hotspots for 2009/10, according to a new report from the Housing Industry Association.

WA features in building hotspots report

Four Western Australian suburbs have been ranked among the nation's top twenty building hotspots for 2009/10, according to a new report from the Housing Industry Association.

The HIA-Jeldwen Population and Residential Building Hotspots report identified Armadale, Wanneroo North East and North West and Perth - Remainder as the state's fast growing local areas.

A local area can be considered a "hotspot" when population growth exceeds the national rate and the value of residential building work approved is more than $100 million.

The population in Wanneroo - North East grew at a healthy 5.1 per cent clip and the value of residential building approved was nearly $268 million.

The population in Armadale grew at a 4.9 per cent rate and the value of residential building approved was over $283 million.

HIA Western Australia acting executive director, David Endersby, said Western Australia had 14 hotspots in total.

"These Hotspots were mainly in Perth although there were two Hotspots in the South West (Busselton and Mandurah) and one in the Pilbara (Port Hedland)."

"It is really pleasing to see that WA has a double digit number of local areas qualifying as Hotspots," Mr Endersby said.

"However, WA faces a very big challenge in coming years to ensure that our potential for strong building activity, as exemplified by our latest Hotspots, can be realised in terms of actual construction.

"The potential is certainly not being realised in 2010/11," Mr Endersby said.

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