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The Federal Election has been referred to as, now what?

Saturday May 21, 2022. It is a date that is plastered all over our minds. The 47th Federal Election.

The Federal Election is important to individuals and all industries, as it is the pinnacle of what the next four years can bring. In 2019, no-one anticipated a global pandemic to become one of the most challenging crises faced, both economically and socially. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every individual in different manners, having a detrimental effect on people’s livelihoods.

What does the Federal Election mean for the building and construction industry?

The outcome of the 2022 election will be vital to the industry, as it will determine who will be responsible for completing Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Master Builders Association of Western Australia (MBA WA) urges the industry to vote for the party that has the best plan for economic recovery, which backs builders and tradespeople.

Master Builders Australia launched the Strong Building Stronger Economy campaign for the Federal Election, which targets key marginal seats in states and territories across the country. The campaign tells the Coalition and Australian Labor Party (ALP) that this election must be about economic recovery and how to best manage that.

This upcoming election, it is vital an economic plan is established that can help more than 400,000 small builders and tradespeople who that are currently suffering severe cost and cashflow issues.

Master Builders Australia strongly opposed policies that will put economic recovery and the industry at risk. We are continuously calling on both major parties for this detailed plan to economic recovery and telling ALP to keep the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

While we witnessed the Coalition deliver a budget a few weeks ago that provided some relief for builders and tradespeople, we are continuously calling on both major parties to provide a detailed plan to economic recovery.

The Federal Budget included a fuel excise helpful to the industry, apprentice and trainee wage subsidies, which will boost confidence in the industry as it struggles to deal with a labour shortage, as well as cashflow pressures and homeownership schemes that will assist with housing affordability. These are all measures that are a step in the right direction.

This is not about the party, this is about the policies. We urge our members to focus on making the right choice for the building and construction industry this year, so we can navigate the uncharted waters of COVID-19 into economic recovery.

MBA WA and Master Builders Australia will continue to advocate on behalf of the building and construction industry, especially throughout the Federal Election. View our campaign material here www.strongbuilding.com.au.

Consider becoming a member today. Speak to our membership team on 9476 9800 or email us at membership@mbawa.com to receive the latest news from MBA WA.

Q&A with MBA Housing and Construction Director Jason Robertson

The Question

I was at my friend’s house the other night, on their balcony, and noticed one of the rails was a bit loose. I told my friend and he said he would get around to it. Any advice?

The Answer

Well done, that’s the right thing to do, advising your friend of such a circumstance.

Two things here primarily. Firstly, and most importantly, it is a question of safety. Balconies and barriers serve a very specific function – life safety and prevention of falls.

Secondly is maintenance. Often homeowners can inadvertently put off maintenance, thinking it is either not a big deal or not their problem to fix. They sometimes think it may be the builder or someone else who has been, or is, responsible. All balconies, decking, balustrades and rails must comply with the relevant Building Standards at the time of construction or installation. For current balconies they must meet criteria set out in the National Construction Code.

An unsafe balcony or deck can present a significant hazard to homeowners and tenants.

It is recommended that property owners with balconies, decks and balustrades undertake routine maintenance, including checking for deterioration – for example, rotting timber – corrosion on fixings like nails and screws, or even simple things like overloading a balcony with items like a pool table, which it wasn’t designed for.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has an informative publication for homeowners, landlords and tenants: Balconies and decks – a guide to maintenance.

As always, whenever in any doubt, consult with the professionals.

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

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