The slither of good news for regional Queensland is that with construction activity having declined by more than 60 per cent from its peak, at least some of the associated pain is now in the rear-view mirror and the healing can begin.
This number will inevitably decline in due course.
Indeed, the rolling annual value of engineering work commenced has been consistently increasing for the past year, driven by Sydney's infrastructure boom.
In trend terms private sector engineering construction was 9 per cent lower in the first quarter of 2016 and some 23.1 per cent lower over the year, which continues to torpedo many regional economies.
The good news for the capital cities is that activity is increasing and the "resources cliff" hasn't been enough to turn growth in the economy negative after four years of declines.
Long live the infrastructure boom.