Building grants create ‘unintended consequences’ for Perth’s overheated construction industry
It’s been 75 weeks since Perth couple Cassie and Julian Kirtisingham signed a contract to build a five-bedroom, two-bathroom house in the city’s southern suburbs.
Like many new home buyers, the couple signed up in late 2020 so they could take advantage of $20,000 WA government and $25,000 federal government stimulus grants designed to keep the construction industry alive during the pandemic.
The slab was laid in September last year, allowing them to qualify for the grants, and this was followed by the lower level of bricks in December.
But, as Ms Kirtisingham has documented on an Instagram account illustrating the realities of building a home in the current Perth market, there has been no building on their block since.
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