Builders stay ‘optimistic’

A small increase in the number of home renovations across Gippsland has been hailed as a ray of hope for the local building industry.

According to the Master Builders Association, extensions and alterations increased by $1.7 million last year.

Despite 387 fewer housing permits issued in central Gippsland and an $87 million fall in building investment, Master Builders executive director Brian Welch said he was “optimistic”.

The recent figures will be the subject of a trade night in Traralgon on Wednesday which will feature talks from builders Trevor Bowler and Brett Neilson.

“We want our industry to thrive and the trade night provides a great opportunity for builders and subcontractors to hear the latest news that will help them provide the quality products people across the south and southeast want,” Mr Welch said.

The forum will be held at the Premier Function Centre, 29 Grey Street, Traralgon from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

Bookings can be made online at and entry is free.