FILE PHOTO.
FILE PHOTO. Warren Lynam

Gladstone's building approvals may explain CQ figure spike

GROWTH in Gladstone's industrial sector could be responsible for a dramatic increase in the number of building approvals made in Central Queensland.

Since October 2011, the region has seen a 191% increase in the number of building approvals compared to a 7% fall across the state.

The Master Builders Association's Paul Bidwell said the growth in housing approvals correlated with the demand for workers in the mining and gas industry.

Gladstone and areas west of Gladstone were listed as growth areas