BUILDING activity in Wangaratta last year totalled $72 million, despite a lull in the second half of the year.

    More than half the activity was residential development – with $38.5m accounting for 128 new homes built.

    Some $11.9m was spent on commercial building with 53 permits issued.

    Residents continue to follow a trend of renovating homes with $7.2m in alterations and add-ons approved.

    Units made up $4.7m in approvals, while community approvals amounted to $9.7m.

    Industrial approvals were the lowest contributor to the statistics with only $230,000 for two approvals.

    But with potential industrial growth in the next few months, Rural City of Wangaratta’s manager of economic development, Gary Warrener, said we could see building highs equivalent to the 2013-14 financial year.

    That year saw $80m in approvals, buoyed by the Federal Government’s school halls program pumping $16.7m in community building activity.

    “It’s still strong across the board with $33.9m (July to December), and with enquiries likely to come to fruition in the industrial sector, figures should be boosted,” he said.

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