Construction has positive outlook

By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on June 5, 2020

DESPITE many projects, expansions and activities being put on hold, The Outlook at Albany is moving ahead with its development program, providing a welcome boost for local trades.

Village Manager Simon Bairstow said that the construction at the gated community will provide six new homes, as well as an investment of more than $200,000 to develop a 40-bay caravan and boat parking facility.

Mr Bairstow said the goal of these new developments is not only to improve the offerings at The Outlook, but to also provide work for local tradespeople.

“The appointment of leading local builder Ryde Building and their skilled team of tradespeople continues our tradition of delivering quality homes, [which] we can now do so with an impressive build time of around three months,” Mr Bairstow said.

Ryde Building Co General Manager Ian Woods said the importance of maintaining a steady flow of work throughout the past few months has been critical.

“The ability to keep our guys working is the bottom line,” he said.

“It has ended up being a really good gig for us as a local builder, because they’re relatively simple jobs so we can just move the trades through them when things get a bit quiet at one end.”

While business has been mostly as usual, Mr Woods said the impacts of coronavirus on his industry are still there.

“On the ground it’s been fine, because it generally takes three to six months for things to have an impact,” he said.

“But I’d say we’ll probably take a dip around August.”

However, Mr Woods remains hopeful that his business will stay steady.

“I don’t think it’ll be as bad as we first thought it was,” he said.

“Certainly the new sign-ups haven’t been as great the last couple of months, but the inquiry rate now is up a bit and we’re getting significant inquiry back in, so hopefully that will be really good for us.”