Building industry pushes for stimulus projects to start

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The MBA says there is an urgent need for work to begin on projects earmarked in the Federal Government stimulus package.

The Master Builders Association (MBA) says the ACT no longer has a skills shortage in the construction industry but says it is worried a number of people in the sector will leave Canberra as work dries up.

The MBA says that if work does not begin soon on a number of projects promised in the Federal Government's stimulus package, skilled construction workers will leave Canberra.

ACT Master Builders Association executive director John Miller says without those projects, construction in the territory is expected to dry up within a month.

Mr Miller says Canberra could lose thousands of skilled workers and risks facing a renewed skills shortage once work returns.

"A lot of our members were indicating that work was slowing down off their books," he said.

"Many of them will obviously look to where they've come from and say we may as well 'if we're going to be out of work we might as well be out of work back at home."

He says there is an urgent need for work to begin on projects earmarked in the Federal Government stimulus package.

"The Federal Government came up with its economic stimulus package, and there's no question that that work is sorely needed at this stage," he said.

"You know really the challenge is there I guess for the bureaucracy to make sure that they roll the work out quickly enough to give the construction industry then the time to complete the work as required.


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