A few years ago, the residential construction sector in Queensland was going through a rough patch as the European crisis and the aftermath of the GFC saw housing starts drop by around a third, money for large multi-residential projects dry up and those unable to secure work on resource projects finding the going tough.

Fast forward to 2015 and things are different. Approvals for new houses and apartments for the first four months of the year were higher than they have been over the equivalent period for more than 20 years. Builders who say housing sector conditions in the June quarter are stronger than…