Gary Day owner of Brisbane Builders and Renovators at work on an extension at Brookfield: Photo Drew/FitzgibbonQueensland saw an overall decrease of 5.9 per cent in building approvals last year — the worst result for a mainland jurisdiction apart from the Northern Territory.Comparing the December 2016 quarter to the December 2015 quarter, there was also decline in national approval 14.2 per cent.Despite these numbers, Housing Industry Association (HIA) says the retraction has been only modest given numbers are coming off record highs.The Association said while building approvals peaked nationally in October 2015, they’ve remained strong since.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“Australia’s latest new home construction cycle, for which building approvals formed a very accurate lead indicator, is the longest and largest in the nation’s history.”While the numbers remain highs, detailed analysis reveals not all sectors are in parallel.“As the down cycle in building approvals intensifies, ‘High density’ dwellings are expected to carry the burden of the deceleration.“Detached and semi-detached dwellings are likely to fare better in a relative sense.”The HIA also remain bullish about national approvals in 2017.“Overall, we retain our long held outlook for continued healthy levels of new home construction in 2016/17, and to a lesser extent in calendar year 2017.”
Franklin County Wildcats Varsity lost the lead late in a 3-1 defeat to South Dearborn on Wednesday after several defensive miscues. The game was tied at one with South Dearborn batting in the bottom of the fifth when an error scored two runs for South Dearborn. The loss takes Franklin County’s record down to 6-2 on the year and 2-2 in EIAC play, while the victory brings South Dearborn’s record to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in EIAC play.Franklin County got on the board in the second inning. Gabby Mitchum was able to get on base via walk, and then advanced to second base on a single by Kloe Bolos. Then with two outs, Tessa Harper drew a walk, loading the bases for the Wildcats. A wild pitch the next at bat scored Mitchum from third and that was the only offense that the Wildcats could muster.In the bottom of the fourth inning, South Dearborn tied things up at one when an error scored one run for South Dearborn.Olivia Nagel was the winning pitcher for South Dearborn. She surrendered one run on two hits over seven innings, striking out eight.Kendall McCool took the loss for Franklin County moving her record to 2-1 on the season. She pitched six innings, allowing three hits and three unearned runs while striking out ten and walking zero.Kloe Bolos and Gabby Mitchum had the lone hits to lead Franklin County.The Wildcats will be back in action Thursday evening as they are set to have a non-conference match-up with the Milan Indians. First pitch is set for 5pm.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.
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