New house blues
THE building industry has expressed concern about the reduction in approvals for new houses (The Advertiser, 11/1/19).
There is no sign of it near my place. Footpaths continue to be dug up for the laying of pipes, their strips of rubble marked with orange cones forever. Big trucks ooze mud across neighbouring driveways and spill it for metres down the road, or stir clouds of dust across the neighbourhood.
Footpaths are blocked to create an extension of the building site, to be used for cement mixers, rubbish skips and storage for timber, pipes and demolition material, as well as for utes with tradies’ tools. Another street tree comes down because it is in the way of a new driveway.
No longer does an old friendly face chat over the front fence, which is now a forbidding wall, and the only sign of life comes in the form of a hurrying four-wheel-drive with heavily tinted windows, coming and going twice a day.
A reduction in all of this would be welcome here. MARGARET MINNEY,
Royston Park monitored as an important economic indicator. Since October 2017, the number of new builds a month has continuously dropped, and the drop has worsened since the last state election. If the classification of a recession is three months of negative growth, why is it in this industry after 14 months of continued negative growth that it is not considered important enough to act on?
ALEX NEILL, Urrbrae