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Building approval process given a boost

June 14, 2012

Western Australia may soon see increased interest from those looking at buying land, as the state government takes measures to fast-track building applications and approvals.

As most will know, buying the right plot of land is essential when building your own property, but red tape can make it difficult to complete the transaction.

However, Western Australia's commerce minister Simon O'Brien has unveiled a series of measures to streamline the process and limit the number of delays that builders face.

He acknowledged that there has been a drop in the number of building applications and approvals, so action needs to be taken to remedy the situation.

"This temporary measure will assist builders in avoiding protracted delays before starting construction, but will not remove the industry's obligation to meet all necessary standards," added the politician.

Latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that building approvals fell across the country in April - the 17th consecutive month in which a decline was registered.

Master Builders Australia called for urgent action to be taken to return positivity to the residential property market and encourage the purchase of new dwellings.


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