The amalgamation of Townsville and Thuringowa has led to delays in approval for various building projects around the city. Even with simple projects, right now it can take months for approval to of the plans to occur.
This delay was one of the reasons we chose not to replace our entire driveway. I reckon that it could also be slowing down other, small projects around the city.
Given the current wait time on finding trades people in Townsville it probably impacting larger building and renovation projects too much.
The people most affected by these approval delays are probably the owner builders and home handymen working on their own, small projects.