The call from Scott Cam
“I was a bit taken aback actually,” Spence says. “I had a job lined up with Foreman Dan, in Mount Macedon, and that fell through. He said something to Scotty and then I got the call. It was a pretty awesome experience to take on board and I ran with it. I didn’t think it was going to be difficult because it would be behind the scenes.”
Spence and Duncan worked on Scotty’s house for three months before the contestants and the cameras arrived. “Scotty was moving into the house, so we had to get the original part of the homestead finished so that he actually had somewhere to stay,” Spence explains. “It was kind of nice, because it was quiet and we got everything done on time and there were no cameras… but then the show started.”
There was a core team of 15 working on Scott Cam’s house during The Block, he says, including three electricians, five plasterers, Duncan and a couple of other helpers, plus the Cursio brothers, who were the tilers.
The key to their success was that it was a trusted team. “We all know each other,” Spence says. “We’ve all worked on jobs together before. So, it worked quite cohesively, and it was a lot of fun.”
“Most of them had done a ‘Block’ before so they know that you have to get the job done. They don’t leave at 3.30 saying, ‘we’ll come back and do it the next day’. They know it has got to be done that day.”