New figures show western Sydney is the scene of a resurgent housing industry but some tradespeople say the growth is not filtering through to small and medium businesses.
State government figures show a 35 per cent increase in residential constructions compared to 2011/12.
Western Sydney councils carried the bulk of the growth with 2021 new homes built in Blacktown, 1336 in Parramatta, 1290 in Camden, 1271 in Penrith, 1185 in Liverpool and 1037 in The Hills.
Growth looks set to continue with housing approvals also on the rise, up 17 per cent to 28,557.
But Galston-based architect Rod Cuevas said many small to medium businesses in the industry were still struggling.
‘‘That 35 per cent increase I take with a grain of salt,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s very flat, few inquiries.
‘‘I think it’s probably the big projects tipping the scales, making it look good, but for the small-to-medium businesses there’s not much stimulus there at all.’’
Nevertheless, the developer industry representative body was positive about the data.
Urban Development Industry of Australia chief Stephen Albin said the figures showed NSW was ‘‘back on track’’.
‘‘Currently, NSW needs to produce 40,000 homes per annum to meet the demands of a growing population,’’ he said.
“The figures released today show our state is back on track to start meeting this target.’’ Premier Barry O’Farrell attributed the growth to government policies.
“Since being elected, we’ve taken action to release more land, put in place the nation’s most generous first new-homebuyer scheme, and axed the $429 million homebuyer tax,’’ he said.