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New South Wales boasts positive numbers in building approvals

March 05, 2012

Following the global financial crisis, many key points of the Australian economy needed to be addressed.

One main indicator of economic health is the building industry, a sector that has had its ups and downs on the road to recovery.

Fortunately for New South Wales, recent numbers from the Housing Industry Association (HIA) show progress.

Building approvals in the state increased by 37.5 per cent for the month of January, mainly compelled by a 90 per cent jump in the dwellings excluding houses component.

The state made gains that may support commercial and residential property investment in the region, while the rest of the country showed signs of struggle with low numbers.

HIA Chief Economist Harley Dale noted that if you disregard NSW, building approvals for Australia actually fell by nearly nine per cent and he expressed his concern for the industry.

"Australia's interest rate settings are too high and there needs to be immediate government focus on policy reform to boost flagging levels of new housing supply."

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