A self-described unlucky woman has benefited from the State Government’s building bonus to boost the economy. “I was born on a Black Friday and this is the first great thing that’s ever happened to me,” she said. A few months ago, semi-retired bus driver Kerrie McGrath was living on the Central Coast, NSW, more than 4000km away from her Geraldton-based daughter. Now, they live walking distance apart. Ms McGrath is building a new home in Cape Burney and has received funding from the State Government’s new Building Bonus grants. The grants are designed to help the West Australian economy bounce back after COVID-19. Although she already had plans to move to town, she would have gone without proper flooring, a garage or a veranda if not for the grant. Ms McGrath said she loved living in Geraldton because all her neighbours are friendly and she could see the ocean wherever she went. She is believed to be one of the first people to benefit from the grant, arriving in Geraldton around the time the grant was announced and placing her application as soon as the form was online. The builder who worked on Ms McGrath’s home said he lost almost $4 million worth of business when the State went into lock-down. “I was running around like a headless chook,” Clint Poynton said. Without support from the Master Builder’s Association and the building grants, he said he did not know how his workload would have re-covered. “I tip my hat to the MBA,” he said. MBA Mid West regional manager Paul Kerr said land sales exploded since the grants were announced and he expected a “grant-driven wave of work” for builders. “Building work creates an economic multiplier effect, which flows on to local business and the community,” he said.