Strong Building and Construction Activity Drives Local Growth

Published on Tuesday, 5 April 2022 at 4:10:22 PM

The Town’s planning and building statistics show substantial increases in the number of permits issued and the value of projects, reflecting increasing levels of market confidence and investment in the local development and construction sector.

The number of development approvals doubled from 2019 to 2021, increasing from 41 developments being approved in 2019 to 82 in 2021, totalling $311 million in development value for the period.

The number of building permits increased by 227% from 2019 to 2021, with 162 permits issued in 2019 and 369 permits issued in 2021, totalling $126 million for the period.

Land matters processed, including mining tenements and changes in Crown Land tenure, increased by 204% from 2019 to 2021.

98% of building applications were processed within statutory timeframes.

Mayor Peter Carter said the statistics reflected strong economic growth underpinned by investor confidence in the region.

“Between 2019 and 2021, we saw substantial increases in development approvals and building permits issued, reflecting Hedland’s appeal to investors and strong economic performance.

“Council recently endorsed the Town’s Economic Development and Tourism Strategy, which seeks to sustain this growth trajectory and realise Hedland’s potential by creating 5,000 new jobs and attracting 11,600 residents by 2041.

“We expect these statistics to continue upward, with an already strong start to 2022 which is reflected in all the construction activity you can see happening around town.”

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Corporate Affairs
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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