New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the number of approvals for new houses in Western Australia's Great Southern has nearly doubled in 12 months.

There has also been a big increase in the south-west.

In the Albany zone, which also includes Denmark, Katanning and Mount Barker, approvals for the first two months of this financial year were up 46 per cent on the same period in 2012.

The biggest rise came from the McKail-Willyung area, where approvals more than tripled.

The south-west saw a 26 per cent increase, despite a slight fall in Bunbury.

The largest number of approvals were for Busselton, Margaret River and Bridgetown.

 

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