Tradies flat out after rain delays
CENTRAL Queensland tradesmen like Adam Geddes are playing catch-up after recent rains caused a backlog of jobs.
The 24-year-old carpenter admits he enjoys a break from work on a rainy day, but with plenty of jobs leading up to Christmas, he’s putting in the hard yards.
“We lost a few days in late September/early October, but we’re back on track,” Adam said, as he worked on a new home at Gracemere yesterday.
More than 200mm of rain in the past two months has taken a toll on worksites across the region.
Brad Ganter of BK Ganter Homes said while the unusually wet spring had caused a delay in jobs across the region, at the end of the day tradesmen were working longer and harder to get the work done.
“We have about 13 new homes to finish off before Christmas and units to start at Allens
town,” Mr Ganter said.
He said they were hoping for a dry couple of months.
“It can rain when we close for Christmas,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kent Jenkinson, the owner of APE Contracting, Contract Fencing and Yard Builders in Rockhampton, said they also had a backlog of jobs.
Mr Jenkinson said recent rain had slowed the building of a road between Blackwater and Rolleston.
“We’ve spent about two weeks out of the last month at this job. About 3mm of rain is enough to stop a job like this,” he said.
He said if the rain stays away, they’re set to have jobs completed by Christmas.