While WA was blessed to avoid the experiences seen in other parts of the country, our sense of ‘normality’ has adjusted. Frequent hand sanitising, the use of contact registers, builders becoming familiar with HIA’s SafeScan initiative, meetings with clients over Skype or Zoom – this has all become part of our new daily routines. So it is a shout-out to the industry nationwide that has shown we have been able to adapt and grow in our ability to diversify.
The building grants have given the WA industry the confidence and reassurance there will be a more sustainable pipeline of work. While the virus hasn’t been totally eradicated, WA’s lengthy period without community transmission has meant businesses have been able to resume work under a new ‘COVID normal’, allowing our economy the chance to recover incrementally.
WA may have had a more dramatic rise in activity in this instance, the industry across the country has dealt with circumstances we could have never prepared for, and we’re now looking ahead to a much more consistent pipeline of work.
This year we get the opportunity to tell the next chapter that comes after the building grants – telling the stories of clients who have built their dream home when 12 months ago they might have thought that possibility was not within reach.