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The Block faces budget blow out as supply disruption and price hikes send production costs soaring


The Block faces a budget blow out as massive supply disruption and price hikes of up to 300 per cent send the cost of production soaring

Channel Nine’s The Block could be facing a major budget blow out.

Disruption in the supply chain and price hikes of up to 300 per cent have sent the cost of producing this season soaring, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The upcoming series, again hosted by Scott Cam, is currently being filmed in rural Victoria, where the contestants are struggling to build five homes.

Channel Nine's The Block is suffering a major budget blow out this season. Pictured: The Block presenter Scott Cam

Channel Nine’s The Block is suffering a major budget blow out this season. Pictured: The Block presenter Scott Cam

Executive producer Julian Cress revealed to the publication that the inflation and shortages impacting the wider building industry has made its way to The Block.

He said that the cost of timber – used in house frames – has jumped from $3.18 a metre to an eye-watering $9.30.

Meanwhile, the hit reality series is suffering further disruption in getting the supplies it needs for the cast to complete their homes.

Reports from the set reveal that deliveries of essential materials can take up to a month to arrive on the show’s location in the Macedon Ranges.

Disruption in the supply chain and price hikes of up to 300 per cent have sent the cost of producing this season soaring reports The Daily Telegraph. Pictured: The cast for this season

Disruption in the supply chain and price hikes of up to 300 per cent have sent the cost of producing this season soaring reports The Daily Telegraph. Pictured: The cast for this season

In past seasons, suppliers could be relied upon to get the materials to location in two hours.

The news comes after reports that Australian builders are on the brink of going bust due to soaring raw material costs.

The crisis comes after two-years of disruption, brought on by the pandemic.

The upcoming series is currently being filmed in rural Victoria, where the contestants have waited up to a month for building supplies to arrive

The upcoming series is currently being filmed in rural Victoria, where the contestants have waited up to a month for building supplies to arrive

Thousands of Australian tradies went broke in recent times.

Meanwhile, Channel Nine has denied claims conditions on the set of The Block’s 2022 season are ‘brutal’.

According to The Daily Telegraph’s Confidential , the contestants have complained to friends and family about minimal food, freezing temperatures and no access to takeaway.

The inflation that has hit the wider building industry had hit the Block - the cost of timber - used in house frames - has jumped from $3.18 a metre to an eye-watering $9.30

The inflation that has hit the wider building industry had hit the Block – the cost of timber – used in house frames – has jumped from $3.18 a metre to an eye-watering $9.30

An insider told the publication that ‘everyone is exhausted and stressed’ and unable to ‘access Uber Eats’ with the set located in rural Victoria.

Another insider claimed the contestants were being tightly controlled.

However, it is widely known contestants have their own cars during filming for the show and can go and purchase food and drinks and any they wish. 

Meanwhile, Channel Nine has denied claims conditions on the set of The Block's 2022 season are 'brutal'. Pictured: Contestants Elle Ferguson and her retired AFL star fiancé Joel Patfull

Meanwhile, Channel Nine has denied claims conditions on the set of The Block’s 2022 season are ‘brutal’. Pictured: Contestants Elle Ferguson and her retired AFL star fiancé Joel Patfull

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