Builder praises $20,000 grant extension

BUILD: G&T Developments director Steve Graham said the extension of the $20,000 grant program would provide consistency in the construction sector.

BUILD: G&T Developments director Steve Graham said the extension of the $20,000 grant program would provide consistency in the construction sector.

A Launceston builder has welcomed the extension of the $20,000 first home builders’ grant and praised it for providing consistency in the industry.

The $20,000 grant for people building their first home was due to be lowered to $10,000 on June 30, this year.

But the state government announced the $20,000 grant program would be extended to 2018, in a boost for the building industry and to create jobs.

G&T Developments director Steve Graham said the continuation was likely to keep his business busy.

“For us, it will keep that consistent flow of work,” he said. 

“There won’t be a drop-off now, that’s for sure.”

Seven full-time people are employed at G&T Developments.

Mr Graham said the grant would ensure work in the construction industry remains consistent – especially with an election looming.

“People tend to go a bit quiet around then and they wait before deciding on their plans,” he said.

“For the industry as a whole, it will be great.”

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