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  1. September 2020

    Builders support security of payment reform 23/09/2020

    Reforms to ensure payment protection for all construction workers are supported by Master Builders WA but changes should be phased in to give builders time to adjust to new obligations. “Everyone in the building contract chain should be paid for their work in full and on time,” Master Builders WA executive director John Gelavis said.

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  2. Building Bonus needs more time as well as money 15/09/2020

    The Building Bonus boost announced by the WA Government today will help to keep building activity buoyant and builders say the next step is to give the program more time. Master Builders executive director John Gelavis welcomed the extra $30million funding for the successful program and said an extension would allow builders to meet the high demand.

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  3. Housing outlook improves as new build figures rise 09/09/2020

    Activity in the new build market is increasing in response to Federal and State Government stimulus, leading to revised forecasts for home commencements in Western Australia this year.

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  4. Quality shines in new Great Southern buildings 07/09/2020

    The top home winner in the 2020 Master Builders-Bankwest Building Excellence Awards for the Great Southern proves quality doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. Regional awards judge Charlie Baggetta said the Best Country Home award went to Poett Building Co for a house in the Willyung area which was far from the most expensive among this year’s entries.

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  5. Stop copper theft on building sites 01/09/2020

    Copper theft has long been a problem on building sites and builders welcome WA Government moves to regulate sales of the metal. Master Builders WA executive director John Gelavis said today’s announcement by Police Minister Michelle Roberts on plans for copper regulations to match gold and silver, followed by wider legislative reforms, came as a relief for builders.

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  6. August 2020

    Builders ready to start school work 03/08/2020

    The WA Government today delivered a lesson in economic recovery by investing $492 million in education centre upgrades and builders are keen to begin their school work. Master Builders WA executive director John Gelavis said builders approached the McGowan Government with a suggestion for statewide infrastructure projects in March and the roll out of WA Recovery Plan announcements showed the call had been heard.

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  7. July 2020

    Kimberley Recovery Plan supports builders 30/07/2020

    The $110.9 million Kimberley Recovery Plan gives assurance of continuing work for the building industry and will create jobs for local tradies and apprentices. Master Builders WA executive director John Gelavis said the WA Government had listened to industry calls for investment in local infrastructure across the state. “Powering up government projects such as upgrading education centres and launching infrastructure work will give the local building industry a boost,” Mr Gelavis said.

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  8. Builders keen to get to work on WA Recovery Plan 27/07/2020

    The WA Recovery Plan is a confidence boost for the building industry and will help to keep tradies and apprentices employed. Master Builders WA executive director John Gelavis said the $5.5 billion plan ticked a lot of boxes for revitalising the economy.

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  9. Building approvals show COVID-19 starting to bite 01/07/2020

    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.

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  10. June 2020

    Online revolution for South West building awards 25/06/2020

    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. Three months on, the event has been reimagined as the first Master Builders online awards ceremony. Instead of the original plan for a celebration in Bunbury, builders logged on from home towns as far north as Waroona, east to Darkan, looping around to Manjimup and Pemberton then south to Augusta and everywhere between to celebrate the region’s best projects.

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