Eight new homes have been built in Deniliquin this year compared to five in total last year.ZOE MCMAUGH June 20, 2014 3:35am
The Dario family will soon move into their new custom built, Riverview Estate home by Tim Nolan Builders. Pictured at the home are (from left) Tim Nolan Builders employees Todd Upfield and Peter Burge, Melinda Dario, Tim Nolan handing the house keys to Adrian Dario and Lachlan Nolan.
Deniliquin and district is enjoying resurgence in new homes being built.
Deniliquin builder Tim Nolan said the last 12 months had been particularly positive for the building and trades industry.
Deniliquin Council reports eight new homes have been built so far this financial year compared to five in total last year.
‘‘We personally have been quite busy in the last six to 12 months, and that appears to be similar for other businesses in town,’’ Mr Nolan said.
‘‘It indicates that farmers are in a good place again and the economy is improving.
‘‘Deniliquin is a resilient town and there has always been a steady amount of work, even though it reduced slightly during the drought.’’
Pointing to today’s 14-page Building & Renovating feature in the Pastoral Times, Mr Nolan says the best thing is, whether building or renovating, all your needs can be catered for by local tradespeople.
One of Mr Nolan’s latest jobs, a new home for Deniliquin’s Adrian and Melinda Dario, utilised all local tradespeople.
‘‘What we stressed to Tim was that we wanted everything to be completely local,’’ Mr Dario said.
‘‘All the tradesmen — plumbers, electricians and painters — were all local, and our appliances, tiles and cabinets were purchased locally too. In the end it has been an excellent result and we couldn’t be happier.’’
Paired with an increase in home sales this year, Deniliquin Elders Real Estate principal Lester Wheatley said the renewed interest to build points to a strong and improving local economy.
But land availability may be the only thing to stop the new home resurgence, he said.
‘‘A lack of desirable land may see growth plateau, however the situation could be rectified with zoning changes,’’ Mr Wheatley said.
Mr Nolan said while there are blocks of land scattered about Deniliquin suitable for building, he notes his crew has done ‘‘quite a few knock down and rebuild jobs’’ in recent times.
‘‘This shows there’s a lack of central blocks around,’’ Mr Nolan said.
Mr Wheatley says the number of blocks available for development is still not enough to meet demand and more land could be opened up with changes to zoning and subdivision regulations.
‘‘Land is already in short supply, and subdivisions restrictions do not make it easier,’’ he said.
‘‘The regulations associated with a subdivision and the costs imposed by council can be prohibitive and therefore unsustainable.
‘‘It’s a serious impediment that means in the end the money you spend to subdivide cannot be recovered.
‘‘We need to subdivide more land to accommodate growth, and Deniliquin Council also needs to look at its zoning policy and make more land available for development.’’
Mr Wheatley said council’s Local Environmental Plan, required by the NSW Government to guide town growth, limits development on areas deemed environmentally sensitive.
He said it means some creek and river frontage land has been removed as a possibility.
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