Dwyer Builders searching for Land

Local building business, Dwyer Building Group, is now exploring options to see land surrounding Broken Hill unlocked for residential development to ease pressure on the housing crisis.

In an interview with the Truth, Charlea Dwyer said that “we feel there is a great divide between the opportunity to build a new home or purchase an old existing home.”

She went on to say that many of their clients disapproved of the idea of purchasing an older home to extend and renovate, and instead “want to build their own family or dream home, but the opportunity isn’t there because the vacant land isn’t.”

“Renovating an old property can cost a substantial amount and still be an old property with further issues to fix, (so) sometimes all of this can amount to the price of a new home anyway,” she added.

Dwyer Building Group, according to their estimate, receives at least ten enquiries every week relating to whether their business had house and land packages available.

“While we can sometimes find them to supply to our clients, they often need to source their own land which has proven to be quite difficult.”

This puts pressure on investors and potential homebuyers, because they either can’t source the land in the first instance, or they can’t commit the time to finding and purchasing their own land.

Relevantly, the available land in Broken Hill is either owned privately, or it is Crown Land with Native Title rights attached as part of the High Courts’ 2015 Barkandji decision.

The local Council has been working to address this issue, with General Manager Jay Nankivell telling the Truth that “Council is pursuing all avenues to try and improve the housing situation in Broken Hill, ranging from encouraging private development through to lobbying for the expedition of Native Title processes on local Crown Land to enable development.”

Accepting that this “is a complex and multi-faceted issue,” Mr Nankivell noted that “locals can be assured that it is the number one priority of the Mayor, and other elected Councillors.”

“Council is continuing to advocate to both State and Federal Ministers regarding the challenges we are facing around housing, and the housing shortage’s potential to further impact on local services, the economy, and the rollout of major projects in the region in the near future,” he concluded.

Mrs Dwyer concluded by noting that “locals and investors alike seriously want to build in Broken Hill, but we need the land.”

With two house and land packages about to hit the market once the plans are complete, Mrs Dwyer understands this will not meet the demand of their customers, despite the many plans and facade options available on their website:

With, it appears, the Council and local builders on the same page, a solution to this complex issue may be on the horizon.

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