Mackay mayor Greg Williamson said the continued strengthening of the Mackay economy had produced solid approvals in the first six months of the 2017-18 financial year.
Mackay mayor Greg Williamson said the continued strengthening of the Mackay economy had produced solid approvals in the first six months of the 2017-18 financial year. FILE

Storm repairs behind Mackay building industry growth

CYCLONE Debbie is among the reasons Mackay's construction industry is experiencing steady growth.

There were 204 total dwellings approved for construction in Mackay in 2016-17 but Australian Bureau of Statistics data to December 31 showed there were already 142 new dwellings approved for construction halfway through this financial year.

Master Builders Association's Whitsunday and Mackay regional manager Malcolm Hull said he was pleased with the rising figures after coming off a low for building approvals in the region.

"It's good to see there's steady growth in the industry and it's very healthy. That's because of the economy of the town and the industry working with development," he said.

"I think we will continue to be steadily rising, that is definitely the direction building will be seeing into the future."

Almost a year on from Cyclone Debbie, Mr Hull said the battered region still had a lot of repair work to be done.

Mackay mayor Greg Williamson said the continued strengthening of the Mackay economy had produced solid approvals in the first six months of the 2017-18 financial year.

"There has been an increase in building work and many in the industry have promising order books for future projects," Cr Williamson said.

"Land sales have also significantly improved in recent months, which paints a positive picture for residential construction in the second half of this year.

Cr Williamson said council had proactively promoted a number of key initiatives and it was exciting to see it paying off.

"The region's resilient, diverse economy is certainly the envy of many regional centres in Australia," he said.

"We have a strong focus on liveability and our officers are continually talking to developers about the opportunities in our region." - NewsRegional