North Qld. has a time zone of its own; A job down south that may take just a day to fix can take 4 days to do the same because of the resources that are available to use.
Right now there is a lot of damaged equipment in the area, so what is available is stretched to the max.
The power to Airlie Beach was only restored yesterday.
I was hearing on a news service that the damage in the area was greater than first thought, so more resources are being sent in to cope with the influx of requests.