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Housing takes centre stage on election day

On Saturday May 21, we had our Federal Election to elect the 47th Parliament of Australia and, on behalf of Master Builders Association of Western Australia (MBA WA), I congratulate Anthony Albanese on becoming our 31st Prime Minister.

The result of this election was important to many Australians, as it determined not only who will run our nation for the next three years, but also how we address the challenges around housing and homelessness.

It was pleasing to see housing policy take centre stage, with both major parties announcing policies designed to address homelessness and support first homebuyers in getting a foot on the property ladder.

The Australian Labor Party’s Help to Buy scheme is very similar to Western Australia’s own Keystart home loan scheme, which has been operating successfully since 1989 and had ongoing support from successive state governments.

The Help to Buy scheme will be available to Australians with a taxable income of up to $90,000 for individuals and up to $120,000 for couples. Homebuyers must be Australian citizens and not currently own or have an interest in a residential dwelling.

Under the Help to Buy scheme, the Federal Government will provide eligible homebuyers with an equity contribution of up to 40 per cent of the purchase price of a new home and up to 30 per cent of the purchase price for an existing home.

The homebuyer will need to have a deposit of two per cent and qualify for a standard home loan with a participating lender to finance the remainder of the purchase. Homebuyers will also avoid the need to pay lenders mortgage insurance.

The Federal Government has also committed to establishing a National Housing Supply and Affordability Council to ensure the Commonwealth plays a leadership role in increasing housing supply and improving affordability.

MBA WA looks forward to working with Federal Government on the challenges facing our industry and the nation such as the need to increase the supply of housing and urgently addressing the need for more skilled workers. We commend the Morrison Government for all its efforts over the last nine years.

While government hands have changed, MBA WA advocacy work has not. We will continue to advocate for the building and construction industry with any issues that may arise.

MBA WA will continue to fight on behalf of the industry to create a better industry for all. We will continue to provide updates to our members, so if you are not a member and are not receiving our latest updates, become a member today.

Speak to our membership team on 9476 9800 or email membership@mbawa.com.

Q&A with MBA Housing and Construction Director Jason Robertson

The Question

My partner and I are looking to build shortly, and a friend mentioned to consider a greywater system.

I have heard about it but do not really understand it. Any advice?

The Answer

Greywater use refers to saving water by irrigating your garden with water from the bath, shower, washing machine and laundry trough.

It is worth mentioning that some greywater systems are also approved to use water from the kitchen sink.

Having a greywater system installed on your property and in your home requires approval from your local government area, and there are several things you need to be aware of.

It is becoming far more popular to consider such systems and commendable with being savvy about water use.

A recent study in Perth, Quantifying the Benefits of Residential Greywater Reuse, showed direct diversion greywater systems reduced mains water use in the garden by 30-60 per cent.

A good starting point is The West Australian Greywater Guide, which can be downloaded from the Water Corporation website, for all things on greywater and sustainability. It is used by builders and industry and is a useful document for the public too.

All the best with your build.

CONTACT Master Builders WA, 9476 9800, www.mbawa.com

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