Building activity continues in Capes

Augusta Margaret River Times

Development activity continues to increase in the Augusta-Margaret River shire despite the economic dent from COVID-19.

A Shire of Augusta-Margaret River statement this week revealed 91 building licence applications were received in the previous two months, compared with 76 applications during the same period last year.

Applications for development approval were also steady with 158 submissions in the first quarter of 2020 compared to last year’s 161 applications.

The Shire’s planning department recently started fast-tracking basic applications, leading to the “noticeable increase”.

Strategic projects officer Matt Cuthbert said the new approach was well received.

“Over the first week of May, 40 per cent of all planning applications were determined within 21 days, well in advance of the 60-day statutory timeframe allowed,” he said.

Mr Cuthbert was “pleased to see builders and tradies continuing to work around the region despite the uncertain economic conditions.”

“Our local building and design industry are creating great homes and buildings for people to use and live in,” he said.

“We want to assist them to continue their important work and are now able to respond to the strong demand for permits with quick turnaround times.”

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