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Victoria has taken the title as the biggest building hotspot, according the Housing Industry Association (HIA).
According to HIA’s Population and Residential Building Hotspots report released today, Victoria surpassed the nation’s other states and territories as population growth exceeded the national rate of 2.1 per cent and the value of residential building work approved exceeded $100 million for the 2008/09 financial year.
In the suburb of Whittlesea North, Victoria, residential building work approved rose to over $484 million and the population growth rate was 18.3 per cent.
South – one of Victoria’s fastest growing cities – showed work value of reaching almost $284 million and the population growth rate was 12.8 per cent.
HIA chief economist Dr Harley Dale said the 2008/09 financial year was a “very challenging” one for Australia’s new home builders and renovators, due to a sharp fall in new home starts and a moderation in renovations activity.
“At the same time, Australia’s population was growing at a historically fast 2.1 per cent pace,” Dr Dale said.
“Last year, there were 58 local area hotspots across Australia’s states and territories and these areas have experienced healthy new home building and renovations activity in 2009/10,” he said.
Other areas posting strong building activity in the 2008/09 financial year included Griffin-Mango Hill in Queensland ($149.9 million), Cardinia/Pakenham in Victoria ($241.5 million) and Wanneroo in North-East Western Australia ($163 million).