Builders around Launceston who have had to stand down staff and have seen projects cancelled are hopeful new stimulus packages will help the residential housing industry recover.
This week, the state and federal governments announced stimulus packages aimed at encouraging people to buy, build or renovate houses.
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On Thursday, Premier Peter Gutwein announced Tasmania's $3.1 billion revised construction plan.
The goal of the plan is to build more than 2000 new houses over the next two years including social and affordable housing.
It comes after the federal government announced people building a new home or renovating an existing one would be eligible for a $25,000 grant if they spend $150,000 of their own money on the project.
Chris Reissig has been building homes in Tasmania for 24 years.
As of about 11 am on Thursday, two hours after Premier Gutwein announced the stimulus package, he had already received phone calls from people wanting to build.
Mr Reissig said the benefits of the packages would be felt by the whole community not just the builders.
"The building industry filters right through all sectors all the way through to your takeaway store," he said.
"As soon as the working picks up for the whole building industry we are going to need more tradesmen.
"We are going to need more apprentices, we are going to need more tradesmen to keep up with the demand."
Tas City Building and Wilson Homes have both had to lay off staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We have had some cancellations and we have had some projects put on hold," Wilson Homes sales manager Scott Wilson said.
"Either because of confidence in the market or people's confidence in their own employment."
Both companies are hopeful the stimulus will lead to pre-COVID levels of business confidence.
Tas City Building managing director Steven Simeoni said if business improves they would look to employ more people.
"If we show similar to we did before COVID we would happily hire more apprentices and continue along that path," he said.
"Even more carpenters as well, it will boost our employment ... if the confidence is back to where it was before.
"If the construction industry is failing, the rest of Tasmania is failing."
He said the stimulus packages would help Tasmania's building industry recover.
"It is going to be good for Tasmanians in many different ways," Mr Simeoni said.
"Good for house builders, good for some construction work [and] it is going to be good for social housing too which is a good win for Tasmanians who can't afford normal houses."
Mr Wilson is hoping the packages will help Wilson Homes recover from a couple of tough months.
"We have more than 70 staff in the state but 400-500 sub contractors and a lot of key supplies from joinery businesses to concrete businesses ... so any stimulus or steadying of construction activity has a flow on right throughout the community," he said.
"From our perspective it is a welcome shot in the arm for the construction industry to try and get people back out on site."
He said they had already been receiving enquiries from customers.
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