GWA endorses Government initiatives to boost new home and
10% increase in residential renovation activity could create 140,000 to
150,000 direct on-site trade jobs per month
GWA Group, the leading supplier of bathroom and kitchen products in Australia to the
commercial construction and home building/renovation sectors, strongly endorses Federal
Government initiatives to boost new home and renovation construction as part of the
coronavirus recovery plan.
With the two main household priority areas for renovation being kitchens and bathrooms,
where multiple trades are employed, government stimulus will be particularly effective in
boosting employment in key construction trades.
According to GWA estimates, each 10% increase in residential renovation activity alone
will, in an average month, create an incremental 140,000 to 150,000 direct on-site trade
jobs plus significant further upstream local jobs in trades such as brickmaking, window
construction, concreting, etc.
GWA also recommends the Federal Government should link any incentives for new home
and renovation projects where householders receive cash grants from the Federal
Government to the mandatory installation of water efficient, highest rated WELS toilets,
taps and showers.
“Australia is the driest continent on earth and with water scarcity continuing to be a major
issue, we urge the Government to mandate water efficient sustainable solutions to
preserve precious water resources for future generations of Australians,” said GWA
Managing Director, Tim Salt.
GWA has a proven commitment to develop sustainable products which are highly water
efficient. These technologies have been supported by government initiatives to conserve
Australia’s water resources and energy. GWA was the first company to develop the twobutton
dual flush toilet system in 1982, which now saves the equivalent of a Sydney
harbour of water (c 500GL) every year in Australia.
GWA’s latest innovation, Caroma Smart Command®, offers a hygienic touchless bathroom
solution for commercial buildings that can reduce a building’s water consumption by 25%.