The billion dollar closure of the building shut down 250,000 workers. We are only three of them
Have you ever wondered what an instant lockdown of the entire construction industry on the ground could look like? Let me give you an overview.
My husband, Chris, and I run a small construction company, CPW Building Services. It’s just the two of us and an apprentice. On Saturday morning, business was going as usual, everything was on track. We had renovations in Bargo and Gledswood Hills, new construction in Strathfield underway and renovation and new townhouses under construction in Liverpool.
Then it all came to an abrupt halt. Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced a halt to all construction in Greater Sydney from midnight that evening for at least the next two weeks.
Although we are not experts, last year we managed to make closures without shutting down construction. And we were able to get the number of cases.
According to the numbers you’re listening to, this latest lockdown was already costing the NSW economy around $ 900 million a week. Now, stopping construction alone will cost him $ 1 billion more per week. Our business is only a tiny part of that, but when you consider dominoes – just in our small sphere – it starts to scare.
That’s a quarter of a million people in the construction industry, from project homes to high-rise apartment buildings and office buildings. That’s before we count all the businesses that rely on us – suppliers, hardware stores, trucking companies, delivery services, cafes …
Some, in the worst case, will stop negotiating for good. The dominoes will keep falling and you wonder how long this can or will last.
In our case, we both rely on the business as our only source of income. And our apprentice, now locked up in Liverpool, relies on our endurance. Chris has worked hard to build his small business from scratch and is still just starting out. Two weeks without work will delay us.