In recent years building approvals have steadily risen as the east coast housing boom went into full swing. Levels grew to almost 30 per cent higher than the long term average, and the national residential crane count — 528 cranes — is significantly greater than the USA (300) and Canada (123) combined.

That’s despite Australia’s entire population being only 6 per cent of the combined populations of the United States and Canada.

that’s an absolutely astonishing figure, I’m not even sure if I’m reading that right.

I mean I can see about 15 cranes from where I’m standing, but still.

For comparison, I see zero from my home, zero from my office, and zero on the commute in between.

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