The Queensland Opposition says power and phone companies should have been better prepared for Cyclone Ului.
More than 5,000 people are still without electricity, five days after the category three system crossed the north Queensland coast at Airlie Beach.
Fifty generators were flown in on Wednesday to provide temporary power supplies.
The Opposition’s emergency services spokesman, Ted Malone, says it is too little, too late.
“We knew that it was going to be at least a low category three, which would mean obviously damage to infrastructure,” he said.
“Obviously there was going to be a need for generation.
“We supposedly learnt a lot from Cyclone Larry [but] from where I’m sitting I don’t see a lot of that being transferred into the way the agencies handled this particular cyclone.”