Sunshine Coast building approvals reached a record level of $1.9 billion for the 2020/21 financial year.
Sunshine Coast Council Service Delivery Portfolio Councillor, Christian Dickson said council’s Development Indicators Annual Highlights report reflected activity in the region’s development and building sector.
“Considering the events of the past year, this report shows that confidence in our local building and construction industry remained high,” Cr Dickson said.
“Locals have jumped at the chance to renovate their homes with around 18,500 development applications lodged, ranging from renovations to extensions, plumbing and drainage works, subdividing and much more.”
He said the report reflected record high plumbing and drainage work approvals and inspections, plus 2463 new lots created.
“Work is steadily continuing on the development of our new CBD at Maroochydore and the surrounding areas are experiencing rapid growth, with building activity higher than previous years.”
“As outlined in the report, suburbs like Buderim, Bokarina and Palmview experienced significant building activity as well as the Caloundra South suburbs of Baringa and Nirimba.
“It was very pleasing to see council’s award-winning Development.i platform continue to empower our community by providing information on local development matters from the comfort and safety of their homes through uncertain times.”
Cr Dickson says development.i had been accessed more than 347,000 times – an increase of 41% in usage on the previous year.
“More than 360,000 free Development.i site reports were generated over the past 12 months. That’s around 6900 reports a week and an overall increase of 57 per cent compared to the last financial year.”
In response to economic impacts caused by the pandemic, he said Council had been able to respond to industry demand to streamline approvals, stimulating the local economy.
“Council has focused on maximising incentives to bring forward ‘shovel ready’ projects and generate significant employment and capital investment across the region.”
Fellow Service Delivery Portfolio Councillor, Winston Johnston said Council would continue supporting the local building and construction industry through Sunshine Coast Council’s Economic Resurgence Plan.
“Our council has made it a priority to support our local businesses and building industry as they get back on their feet and build back better than before the pandemic,” Cr Johnston said.
“More investment in our region means construction jobs and opportunities for locals.
“Now, more than ever, our region needs these economic stimulus projects and council is continuing to the lead the way.”
Council’s incentive assistance program remains in place until December 2021 to stimulate jobs and complement State and Federal government programs also underway, Cr Johnston said.
Visit council’s website to view the Development Indicators Annual Highlights Reports.