Stealing Steel - 15 November 2018
As theft of water meters, copper pipe and electrical cable continues to rise, the Partnership Against Crime Taskforce is visiting all scrap metal dealers in the southern suburbs to discuss the issue of stolen metals. Members are asked to report all onsite theft so data can be accurately collated and used to reduce the problem.
Ric New Medal and Rising Star - 8 November 2018
There were 19 nominees for this year’s Ric New Medal, which was narrowed down to seven finalists but the judges couldn’t separate the final two so Ray Kershaw of Mondo Exclusive Homes and Michael Van Dongen of Encon are joint winners. Congratulations to them both. Chad Gerber from Pindan is this year’s Ric New Rising Star.
Negative Gearing Campaign - 1 November 2018
The last week has attracted a lot of media interest in Master Builders research/modelling on the negative impacts of abolishing negative gearing and halving the capital gains tax discounts on existing properties.
Inquiry into Worksafe - 1 November 2018
This week Master Builders appeared before a Legislative Council Standing Committee which for the past 15 months has been reviewing submissions and evidence in relation to Worksafe’s operations and funding. Our submission highlighted the importance of Worksafe being visible and pro-active rather than acting as a policeman.
Stimulating the Housing Industry - 1 November 2018
Master Builders met with UDIA, HIA and REIWA this week to discuss a range of initiatives which could stimulate economic activity in our struggling housing industry. A joint approach to the McGowan government is planned.
Industrial relations meeting - 25 October 2018
This week Executive Director John Gelavis and Kim Richardson met with the industrial relations shadow minister Peter Katsambanis to discuss several issues that pose a threat to the building and construction sector in Western Australia. Focus was on the review of state IR Act and industrial manslaughter.
Business licensing reform - 25 October 2018
The Economic Regulation Authority has released a draft report on its inquiry into options to reform business licensing in Western Australia. The report makes recommendations and calls for further information about problems with state government business licensing. Master Builders will consider the report and respond after consultation with its councils.