The Queensland construction industry has warned of a “perfect storm” of HomeBuilder and other factors causing worker shortages
One in five homes built or renovated using cash from the Federal Government’s HomeBuilder scheme is in Queensland, new figures have revealed, but the construction sector has warned of a “dark underbelly” of worker shortages caused by the program’s success.
Data obtained by The Courier-Mail revealed a total of 21,871 new homes are being built and 4422 renovations were being done through the HomeBuilder scheme.
The number of homes being built in Queensland through the scheme eclipses that of NSW (16,266) and was more than those of South Australia, Tasmania, ACT and the NT combined.
But the success of the Commonwealth’s HomeBuilder scheme, low interest rates and the damaging hailstorm that hit southeast Queensland last October have created a domino effect according to Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell.
“You can’t get a roofing contractor for love or money,” he said.
“It’s a dark underbelly of HomeBuilder, the property market going ballistic and the storms.
“Pardon the pun, but it’s a perfect storm of conditions which are impacting the industry.
“It is coming – at some point there will be some builders in the residential will go to the wall and we just hope it isn’t too many.
Sunshine Coast builder Mitch Butler, who has been in the industry since 1971, said it had been the toughest year he had ever faced.