Architects call for ‘target stimulus’

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The Australian Institute of Architects has called on Australia’s governments to implement targeted stimulus measures in the building and construction sector to aid in fast-tracking economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

“The construction industry directly employs nearly one in 10 Australians,” said the Institute’s national president, Helen Lochhead.

“This creates an opportunity for our sector to do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to the economic recovery from COVID-19, provided governments pull the stimulus levers available to them.”

Professor Lochhead said stimulus efforts that focus on projects and programs of “a variety of scales and locations” are essential, as well as fast-tracking existing major infrastructure projects.

“In addition to major infrastructure projects, there should also be a focus on urgently rolling out a broad range of projects such as social and affordable housing, community facilities and public spaces, energy efficiency upgrades and, most importantly, projects in the fire-ravaged regional communities of Australia, geared around the principles of building back better,” she said.

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