Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Insulation Dosh Generating Jobs

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Insulation Dosh Generating Jobs

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MILLIONS of Australians are still cooling off as they digest a $42 billion debt, but Rose City businesses have ignited in its wake.

The warmth of the Federal Government's ceiling insulation and solar hot water rebate funding has spread across Warwick and Noel and Judy Nielsen's phone has been running hot.

Business has tripled and staffing numbers doubled for housing insulators 'Nielsen's Noel and Judy' since the assistance was announced last month.

They have employed three extra labourers and an office assistant in response to the $1600 rebate promised to home owners.

"We've gone from doing 10 quotes a week to about 35. It's a huge change in business," Mrs Nielsen said.

The couple, who have regularly insulated houses at an average cost of $1800-$2000 for 10 years, have also bought an extra vehicle to cope with demand.

Mr Nielsen said calls from Warwick residents keen to grasp the rebate started as soon as the package was announced.

"This funding has been put out to create employment in the harsh economic times and that's exactly what it's done," Mr Nielsen said.

"The building trade has dropped off a bit so we've put on a couple of builder's labourers who have good skills and know they'll have a job for two and a half years because we're very busy."

They said Warwick residents will have top of the range insulation installed in their houses thanks to a change in the density and thickness 'R' values.

"Going up from R3 to R3.5 will ensure people have quality insulation in their houses," Mr Nielsen said.

However, 'I Do Window Tinting' owner Darren Meyen, who also specialises in house insulation, said despite a significant increase in enquiries he had not registered his business to participate in the initiative.

"In a few months when all the houses have been insulated, what would I do with all the staff? …

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