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July 2020 - Building approvals show COVID-19 starting to bite
The building approvals data released today shows the COVID-19 crisis is starting to impact residential building activity.
Master Builders WA Executive Director John Gelavis said the 8.9 per cent fall in dwelling approvals for May reinforced the need for the housing stimulus measures being implemented by the State and Federal Governments.
June 2020 - Online revolution for South West building awards
The coronavirus crisis put a halt to the South West building awards in March but the event has been triumphantly relaunched in a new, online format.
The tickets were sold, the trophies polished and new outfits hanging ready to be worn for the Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards when gatherings were banned just days ahead of the gala affair on March 21.
June 2020 - $20m project hurdle will create more WA jobs
Property Council WA and Master Builders WA welcome the co-operative efforts of WA’s politicians who have joined forces to achieve historical planning reform.
Working together, a combination of MPs from the Government, Opposition and the crossbenches, agreed to lower the threshold for the State Government’s major projects fast-tracking planning initiative from $30 million to $20 million. In the regions, projects worth as little as $5 million can be fast-tracked under the scheme, which is designed to eliminate red-tape and generate job-creating projects.
June 2020 - State housing stimulus package a gamechanger
The McGowan Government’s housing stimulus package, including a building bonus and social housing economic recovery package, is a gamechanger that will turbocharge the residential and construction industry in WA. This is a massive lifeline for our embattled building sector and brings much-needed relief to the industry and the many small businesses within it.
“Today’s announcement follows a two and a half month advocacy campaign by Master Builders WA to save housing jobs and create much needed activity in the WA economy, so we are delighted the State Government has listened and acted,” Master Builders WA executive director John Gelavis said.
June 2020 - WA Builders applaud Federal HomeBuilder Scheme
The Morrison Government HomeBuilder scheme is a lifeline and brings much-needed relief to the Western Australian housing industry and the many small to medium businesses within it.
Master Builders WA executive director John Gelavis said the scheme followed a three-month advocacy campaign to save jobs and recharge building activity by the Master Builders movement.
May 2020 - Master Builders joins the Premier's State Recovery Advisory Group
WA Premier Mark McGowan has invited Master Builders WA Executive Director John Gelavis to represent members and the building industry on the new State Recovery Advisory Group.
“The $25billion building and construction industry is vital to Western Australia. Master Builders has extensive experience and resources both locally and nationally to provide expert advice on the key
elements required for our state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Gelavis said.
May 2020 - Industry and police sign a pact to beat construction site theft
Construction industry groups have joined forces with the WA Police Force to launch the Partnership Against Crime Taskforce (PACT) with the aim of curbing theft on Western Australian construction sites.
The signatories to the PACT Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are the WA Police Force, security specialists Braven Group Services, Master Builders WA (MBAWA), the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA (UDIA), and the Civil Contractors Federation WA (CCF).
May 2020 - Planning reform to release builders from red tape
A simplified planning system will protect jobs and create opportunities as WA recovers from COVID-19 and beyond says Master Builders Executive Director John Gelavis.
Setting up a new development application process for job-creating projects over the next 18 months will help push things along faster.
May 2020 - New approach clears path for government work
Changes to procurement regimes for construction projects overseen by the WA Government are welcomed in as part of a push to modernise procurement processes for goods, services and works.
Master Builders WA executive director John Gelavis congratulated Finance Minister Ben Wyatt on his resolve to cut red tape by introducing the Procurement Bill 2020 to Parliament and following up with the release of new guiding principles for managing government building projects.
May 2020 - WA Government cash saves building jobs
Master Builders WA says the WA Government’s decision to dip into funds for a $150million housing support package for tradies and builders has come at the perfect time.
Executive Director John Gelavis said bringing forward the jobs stimulus which was due to start in July is the move Master Builders had been asking for in recent correspondence with the government.
May 2020 - Support the building sector for economic recovery
The Housing Industry Forecasting Group has released a new report revealing a sharp decline in residential dwelling commencements for Western Australia, with the number predicted to be at the lowest levels since 1982.
Master Builders WA Executive Director John Gelavis said the figures showed the grim effects of
May 2020 - Builders and tradies are open for business
Master Builders Association of WA today launches a state advertising campaign to promote the housing industry and display homes and villages.
Executive Director John Gelavis said the campaign aimed to reboot the building industry by encouraging potential home buyers to visit display homes now that restrictions have eased and move their plans forward
Apprentice of the Year Awards - Nominations open nowBook Here
Do you employ or hire an outstanding apprentice?
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Apprentice of the Year awards. Nominating is free, all it costs is your time to fill in the online form. Applicants are assessed on their overall standard of achievement and potential. Many of our past winners have become successful contractors and builders today, who have gone on to win other Master Builders’ Awards.
Ric New Medal and Ric New Rising Star - Nominations open nowBook Here
Do you know a high achieving individual aged under 40?
If yes, nominate them for the Ric New Medal for Excellence (under 40 years of age) or the Ric New Rising Star Award (under 30 years of age). These prestigious awards recognise young individuals who show innovation, creative thinking, outstanding potential, work ethic and contribution to the building and construction industry throughout Western Australia. The awards are supported by Midland Brick and named after its founder, Ric New.
2020 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards - MidwestBook Here
Entries for the 2020 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the Midwest region are open. These awards recognise the outstanding quality of workmanship produced by residential and commercial builders in the region. An award is a great way for a builder or tradesperson to prove the high standards of their workmanship to potential clients.
2020 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards - Great SouthernBook Here
The 2020 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the Great Southern region are now open for entry. These awards recognise the outstanding quality of workmanship produced by residential and commercial builders and are the most prestigious awards open to all builders in the Great Southern region.
Ride Against Suicide - Donation page still openBook Here
The donation page for our Ride Against Suicide event remains open and we encourage you to continue to share with your mates to support the MATES in Construction effort to raise funds against suicide. We thank everyone for their understanding and ongoing support during this time and will be in contact once we have a new date for the ride confirmed.