May 11, 2020
Premier Mark McGowan outlined on Sunday how Western Australia will begin the controlled re-opening of our workplaces and the economy. This next phase will be significant for members’ operations but will also begin to show us how Australia will respond and recover following the radical changes COVID-19 has forced in our community and the economy.
In coming days, more economic data about the impact on the residential building sector will be released at both a state and federal level. The early indications are unsurprising and point to significant challenges ahead. As restaurants and bars prepare to reopen, our businesses will be preparing to weather the worst of the storm in the months ahead. As such, I am focussed on working with Governments on how we can urgently repair WA’s home building project pipeline and generate building activity so that we can minimise the worst impact of the downturn and foster a swift recovery for our sector.
That said, there are positives: Western Australia is ahead of other states in regard to re-opening and our local mining and resources sector will play an important role in the nation’s recovery. For our members, the re-opening of display homes has also been very important for confidence and has seen consumer groups return to the shopfront of our industry.
Talking to many members has also shown me many examples of the indomitable spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that we’re known for as businesses review how they intend to tackle the “new normal”. Three questions I’ve been considering for operating in a post-COVID19 environment are: What will I keep doing? What will I stop doing? What will I start doing? Already, I’m hearing from members about changes they will make in their businesses to adapt to a very different operating environment.
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