Some further charts following previous comments on building approvals in Townsville not being catastrophic. I have updated some charts from previous years on residential building approvals related to population for the major metropolitan and regional councils. For consistency this continues with amalgamated councils for Cairns, Rockhampton and Sunshine Coast. This is dwelling approvals from ABS for the 9 months FY YTD.
While Townsville has fallen just below Cairns on this measure that gap is only slight and well above activity in Mackay et al. Townsville had previously been relatively high on this measure. Also as commented at Conus all the higher activity is weighted to SEQ.
We can also break this down into the different components of houses and units.
Obviously differences in demographics and land supply between councils here. Just on houses Cairns isn’t rating too badly. However Cairns has a significantly higher proportion of existing unit housing stock than most comparable regional councils and this remains the component that has been missing since the GFC. Also plenty of warnings around currently of potential oversupply from that apartment boom in Brisbane.
Last to my comment on listless activity in Port Douglas a graph of dwelling approvals in Port Douglas SA2 related to dwelling approvals as a component of the entire Douglas – Daintree SA3, monthly with a 12 month moving average.
Oops not the best graph. PDSA2 is the lower blue line. Damn you Excel.