To fill you in on a little bit about myself, I’ll give you a brief rundown. I started in the carpentry game 32 years ago with my brother when I was 18. We had a good time together, him the boss and me learning the trade plus life and, more importantly, a work ethic – which we both got from our late father.
I’ve always loved working hard, that great feeling of being tired and dirty, hot and sweaty – then the inevitable cold beer at the end of the day. In my early 20s I decided to hit the road around Australia – I did this for a number of years, working for a while then moving on. I did a lot of carpentry, a lot of bush work, a bit of boat building and then working on boats… just about anything I could get my hands on. I met some great people who I’m still friends with today from Western Australia, Queensland, the Central West of NSW to Victoria – it was a great life.
I came back to Sydney when I was around 28-29, started a business, got married and had three beautiful children. The roaming stopped and the hard work continued. I employed three or four blokes in the business and a number of apprentices over the years.
When I was 37 this fella came up to me in the pub one arvo and says: “Do you want to do a screen test for a TV show we’re doing?” Initially I thought he was joking and said “No, I’m right thanks mate!” Anyway it turns out he was legit, I did the screen test and got the job. That was Backyard Blitz, in 1999. At first I was doing it two days a week and the business four days. It was a good change in my life, I saw the work as a good hourly rate and thought I’ll keep my head down, work hard and then there might be some potential in this. The best thing I ever did was to be myself – no acting required, that’s what I did from Day One. Things progressed from there, I got a few more shows along the way – some good, some not so good – and now I’m very lucky to be the host of The Block, a show I love to work on and hope to for more years to come.
So that’s me in a nutshell: I love all things Australian – our history, our bush, our heroes. I love Australian sport, our culture and at times our lack of it. I really would love to see our kids enjoy the simple things of Australia that I enjoyed as a kid; that’s my mission in life and hopefully this website will give you a few ideas to get the troops off the computer and out into the Aussie outdoors.