Despite this, the sector still accounts for more than two-thirds, 68.2 per cent, of the cranes in the city.
Six cranes were added to the $828-million Sydney Football Stadium redevelopment, the largest number of cranes on a single project in Sydney.
Melbourne recorded its first increase in total cranes in two years as decreasing numbers of cranes on residential CBD projects were replaced by growing numbers of mixed-use developments.
Melbourne’s total increased by a net 16 to 193 from the last count in the third quarter of last year.
Mixed-use cranes made the greatest single increase—by 15 to 39—and residential cranes fell by 12 to 81.
Cranes on civil projects such as Melbourne Metro Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel and the Level Crossing Removals, as well as education and health projects, increased.
Perth’s total fell by six cranes to 30, reflecting fewer on education and commercial projects.
There was no net change in the total of 15 residential cranes as 10 existing ones were dismantled and an equal number of new ones put up at projects including The Parade in Como, Little Lane and M/27 apartments in Fremantle, and One Subiaco.
Canberra dipped in total by one crane to 26, as the net loss of six residential cranes was largely offset by five new cranes on civic projects such as Canberra Airport’s 6 Brindabella Circuit business park.
Notable residential cranes added across the city include DKSN Stage 2 in Dickson, One City Hill, and the restart of ANU Student Accommodation in Acton.
Adelaide remained steady with 10 cranes, while Hobart and Darwin’s totals were also flat—with no cranes—for the second report in a row.