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August 02, 1999
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
88/1999

WA building work up, exceeding national trend

The value of building work undertaken in Western Australia during the March quarter 1999 increased 5.5% over the December quarter, in seasonally adjusted terms, exceeding the national figure of 0.3%. All other States and Territories exhibited negative growth, except for South Australia and the ACT.

New residential building work continues to show strong growth, with the value of building work done(original series) rising to $492.0 million, the highest level for four years. Only Victoria and the ACT exhibited higher growth.

There has been a significant increase in the value of building work commenced on shops over the past six months, with the value for the six months ending March 1999 being $270.5 million. This is substantially greater than annual figures for the past three financial years, which have averaged $156.9 million per annum.

The increase is principally the result of two large developments at Cannington and Booragoon.



Total building work done in WA for the quarter was valued at $793.2 million, of which $246.8 million was for non-residential work. This compares to $767.0 million and $275.7 respectively for the same quarter of 1998.

Further details are available in Building Activity Western Australia, March Quarter 1999 (cat. no. 8752.5) available from ABS bookshops. The publication looks at the State as a whole and does not include regional figures.



Table 6. VALUE OF NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING COMMENCED: ORIGINAL DATA
$ million
Period
Hotels etc.
Shops
Factories
Offices
Other business premises
Educa-
tional
Religious
Health
Entertain-
ment/
Recreational
Miscell-
aneous
Total
1995-96
107.1
117.5
70.1
114.0
111.7
121.2
6.6
36.2
54.8
122.1
861.2
1996-97
79.2
176.5
112.1
146.0
175.3
98.9
5.8
225.1
82.5
53.7
1,155.0
1997-98
56.0
176.7
91.2
127.1
151.6
121.4
6.6
50.4
64.2
43.1
888.3
1997 Dec. qtr
9.5
32.4
17.6
32.6
38.6
37.9
2.3
21.6
18.0
11.4
221.7
1998 Mar. qtr
17.3
31.4
30.3
30.5
38.2
31.4
1.8
14.8
8.3
10.6
214.5
1998 June qtr
13.0
55.4
18.9
17.9
43.4
22.6
0.3
5.1
22.6
4.3
203.3
1998 Sept qtr
6.6
48.7
26.5
24.7
40.5
21.8
1.1
13.0
22.7
7.8
213.6
1998 Dec. qtr
16.9
141.8
18.4
20.1
35.8
39.5
1.3
7.2
40.6
13.8
335.3
1999 Mar. qtr
20.6
128.7
24.5
37.8
31.4
23.4
2.0
27.4
42.2
9.0
347.1

Extracted from Building Activity Western Australia, March Quarter 1999 (cat. no. 8752.5)

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