The Road to Recovery – Communities as Economic Catalyst
There's been plenty of discussion lately about economic stimulus. Looking at our own industry, it's heartening to be reminded of the enormous multiplier effect property development and construction offers in terms of jobs creation and wider community benefit.
Jobs creation through construction
Anyone who's worked in the development and construction industry for an extended period of time like I have, knows just how important its role as an economic stimulator and jobs creator is. In good times and bad, we've seen our sector maintain a much-needed flow of investment into employment-creating projects. With state and territory governments across Australia looking to find a way out of the current economic downturn, it was pleasing this week to read of the quantifiable benefits our sector delivers, with National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation research showing that for every new home built, on average, three jobs are created.
"In good times and bad, we've seen our sector maintain a much-needed flow of investment into employment-creating projects."
Further, the research showed that construction was the second-largest economic multiplier of any industry. So, when you start crunching the numbers, there's compelling evidence of the development and construction industry's potential to help us climb out of the current pandemic-induced slump. Looking back at activity across our own portfolio in the current financial year, for example, we can garner first-hand insights into the powerful correlation between property development and construction activity – and jobs on the ground.
A powerful multiplier effect
On the back of the first 1,000 apartment settlements for our business in FY20, we can see that as many as 25,000 inductions have been made on Mirvac building sites in the same period. That's 25,000 individuals helping to directly deliver our projects, in addition to the many thousands of people working offsite in a supply chain capacity. When you add to these apartment figures settlements across our master planned communities projects, the number of jobs being supported is simply staggering.
"That's 25,000 individuals helping to directly deliver our projects, in addition to the many thousands of people working offsite in a supply chain capacity."
The importance of design excellence, quality and care
The construction and property development industries are not alone of course in their capacity to help re-set the economic status quo and drive growth. However, it's worth remembering our distinguishing role as placemakers, not just economic stimulators. So, while our industry has immense potential to (quite literally) rebuild our economy, we also have an equally weighty responsibility to set ever higher benchmarks of design excellence, quality and care. That's why it's beholden on us to not only get on with the job, but to get it done right – balancing community outcomes with leading-edge design and best practice construction methods.
"That's why it's beholden on us to not only get on with the job, but to get it done right – balancing community outcomes with leading-edge design and best practice construction methods."
Mirvac acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Australia, and we offer our respect to their Elders past and present.
Artwork: ‘Reimagining Country’, created by Riki Salam (Mualgal, Kaurareg, Kuku Yalanji) of We are 27 Creative.