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Published on 8/3/2021

Published by marketing@concretebroker.com.au

Sydneys lockdown hits hard at concreters and construction

Construction grinds to a halt as concreters locked out


 

 

Sydneys lockdown hits hard at concreters and construction

 

It would be fair to say the majority of Sydney's concreters, steel fixers, formworkers and concrete pumpers live in the locked down LGA's in Western and South Western Sydney. This situation is infuriating builders and developers who are unable to continue construction throughout Sydney, as they lack the trades necessary to do so. "It doesn't matter where your project is located", one builder informed Concrete Broker this week, "you can't find workers to enter site and tool up", he said. "They either live in the locked down area, are further than 5km from site, or are frightened of incurring up to $10,000 in fines. Look at me, my developments are in Wahroonga and Hornsby, both open to construction," he said. "But my bricklayers are from Bankstown, my steel fixers from Liverpool and my concreters from Fairfield. I'm out of action now for a month, having already been shut down for 2 weeks", he lamented.

Sydney concreters - unable to leave home for work

Photo courtsey of 9news.com.au

 

With all due to respect to the builder from Wahroonga, his project is fully funded, and although the delays are a significant setback to his building plans, he can still put bread on the table. Unfortunately many concreters in the lockdown areas of Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool live week to week, in locations where rents are relatively high, and the cost of running a small concreting business are only going up. Workers comp, fuel, superannuation, concrete tools and formwork are all expenses that need to be added to their weekly rent, food and grocery bill. And without income, they are reliant on government handouts, something they don't feel comfortable with. "I just want to work", said one concreter, when chatting with us about his predicament in lockdown. "I have three projects I need to finish before I get paid, two driveways and one retaining wall. Mate I am really hurting" he said, "really hurting. With one young boy and a two month old baby, its bloody tough," he said,

 

And builders directly in the lockdown area, where most of Sydneys new and future developments is occurring, are infuriated. "The big boys get to carry, one said yesterday. West Connex is still operating. Holcim, Hanson and Boral are still getting concrete out the door to government infrastructure projects, yet look at us. We normally do 20 to 30 houses a month in Marsden Park, Schofields and Colebee, this month we are going to lucky to do one. I'm pissed off", he said.

 

NSW Housing Forecasts from 2020 tell a similar story to our aforementioned Western Sydney builder. 

  • The department is forecasting that from 132,800 to 171,200 new homes could be built over the next five years (2020-2021 to 2024-2025) across three scenarios.
  • The central base case scenario, which represents the most likely outcome based on market conditions and demand factors at the time they prepared the forecast in October 2020, forecasts 154,550 new homes over the five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25.
  • The share of housing supply expected to be delivered across the five Sydney Districts —Central City, Western City, Eastern City, North and South — is similar under the different scenarios. The most development is forecast to happen in the Central City and Western City Districts.
     

 

Unless the Sydney community arms up and is vaccinated in the coming month these development plans might just be a pipedream. For there may not be enough concreters left in business to lay all these new house slabs.

 

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