The crisis on set of The Block’s upcoming season looks set to reach fever pitch as the contestants edge closer to auction day. The homes being built by the teams look nowhere near ready, as shown in these exclusive photos obtained by Daily Mail Australia.
The latest pictures come after the construction company overseeing the builds put out a call for more tradesmen to help the contestants finish their homes.
The Block 2022 is being filmed in Gisborne in country Victoria, a 40-minute drive from Melbourne, and is said to be one of the most ambitious seasons yet. The teams are each building a home on 10 acres of land.
In the new aerial images, the homes appear to be still under construction. Despite some having new roofs installed, the homes still have scaffolding around them and the site is filled with mud and yet to be landscaped.
Domain signs are up outside each of the properties, revealing a ‘forthcoming auction’ will be taking place for each address. It’s unclear when this date will be. Last week, the construction company behind the build, Nine in Six Builders, posted a call-out desperately seeking tradesmen to help them finish the homes.
‘We desperately need help completing the current series of The Block: Tree Change,’ the Instagram post read. ‘Carpenters, cladding crews, skilled labourers, trade assistants. Wages, casual, subbies, we won’t discriminate. Immediate start, five weeks to go… send us a message if you’re keen.’
After years of city renovations, the producers have opted for a ‘tree change’ by having the contestants transform homes in rural Victoria. Now the teams will each be building a home on 10 acres of land.
Influencer Elle Ferguson and her footy star fiancé Joel Patfull quit The Block back in April due to a family emergency. The couple initially tried to stay on the show, but left after they ‘couldn’t get a definitive answer’ from producers as to whether Joel, 37, could ‘come and go’ from the building site in country Victoria to visit his ailing mother Trish in Adelaide.
Without assurances that he could regularly leave to visit his mum, who had broken her neck in a fall, the pair pulled the pin on the Channel Nine show. In addition to her broken neck, Trish fractured her wrist and has also potentially broken her coccyx.
At the time of their exit, Elle wrote on Instagram: ‘Wherever you are in the world, whatever you are doing, family always comes first.’ She also shared a black-and-white image of Joel sitting with their luggage as they prepared to catch a flight to Adelaide. A Nine spokesperson confirmed the pair’s departure to Daily Mail Australia.