Strong year predicted for local building industry

Published: 20/12/2016

Bisinella Developments started construction on nine stages of its Lara and Curlewis residential estates in 2016 – surpassing the seven stages constructed in the previous 12 months.

A total of nearly 400 lots have been constructed at four estates over the past two years.

“This unprecedented level of construction activity is making a major contribution to job opportunities in the Geelong region,” Development Manager Richard Bisinella said.

“It’s a sure sign that the region’s home building industry can expect to remain strong in 2017.”

Mr Bisinella said the company’s development work directly sustains more than 60 jobs and drives hundreds of direct and indirect jobs in the home building industry.

He said all civil construction work is being undertaken by local contractor Wellam Constructions.

The nine stages started by Wellam in 2016 involve:

  • 22,600 square metres of asphalted road

  • Four kilometres of footpaths

  • Nearly 10 kilometres of water, stormwater and sewerage pipes

  • 243 stormwater pits and sewer manholes.

 Local landscaping contractors are also kept busy. At Lara Central Estate, for example:

  • 23,000 shrubs and groundcovers, 17,000 wetland plants and 160 trees have been planted.

  • More than two hectares of grassed passive open space has been created.

  • 750 metres of new pathways and 270 square metres of playground have been constructed.

 At Lara Views Estate, more than 105,000 cubic metres of soil and rock has been excavated (for reuse on-site).

 Pictured inspecting progress at Lara Views are Managing Director Lino Bisinella (right), Richard Bisinella (left) and Wellam Construction Manager Ross Morris.