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Victoria seeks to power up building sector for post-COVID recovery

“Reducing delays in electricity connections to new housing developments will remove a considerable barrier for Victoria’s construction industry and housing supply,” she said.

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The Andrews government has identified the building and construction sector as a “key mechanism” to revitalise the struggling Victorian economy. More than $7.5 billion of new housing, commercial and renewable energy projects have been given planning approval since March.

“As restrictions ease it’s crucial there’s an ongoing supply of projects to secure existing jobs, create more employment opportunities and keep investment coming into our state,” Treasurer Tim Pallas said.

The Essential Services Commission, which has investigated the problem of delayed power hook-ups for new housing developments, recently found connection times ranged from a few weeks to several months. “We believe there may be room for improvement,” it said.

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