Hydrowood features on this week’s Reality TV Program

Friday 7 Oct 2016

Tasmanian specialty timber – which has been submerged for more than 25 years – is now the star of a unique challenge that was given to contestants on national renovation reality program The Block.

In a top secret visit, Channel Nine bought all five contestant couples on its top rating reality program over on the Spirit of Tasmania in August after selecting timber salvaged by Tasmanian company Hydrowood as the source of the challenge.

The program, up until it went to air on Wednesday in prime time at 7.30pm, had remained under wraps. It involved four iconic Tasmanian specialty timbers – Western Beech, Sassafras, Celery Top Pine and Blackwood, preserved deep underwater in Lake Pieman on the State’s West Coast until being sustainably salvaged under a new operation conducted by Hydrowood.

“It was great coup for Tasmania and Tasmanian timbers to feature on a primetime national show like The Block. There was a lot of focus on the spectacular scenery of the West and North West coast and I hope that this national exposure will aid in driving regional tourism as well as renewed interest in Tasmanian timbers” said Hydrowood co-founder Andrew Morgan.

“In terms of Hydrowood it’s publicity that money simply can’t buy. We are confident it will lead to great interest from viewers as well as architects, designers and others in the industry seeking highly sought Tasmanian timbers to use in their construction or furniture projects.

The entourage, which consisted of 15 vehicles and 32 people created quite an impression on the North West and West Coasts for their lightning fast visit, before returning to Melbourne to continue filming the challenge in their Port Melbourne venue.

The Block visited Lake Pieman to see first-hand the unique barge based harvesting operation, then visited a sawmill that mills the timber in Wynyard. The five couples then had to select from the four specialty Tasmanian timbers to create something in a challenge that will net the winner an additional $10,000 in their renovation budget.

The couples on The Block are renovating the derelict headquarters of a historic Australian soap and candle factory in Port Melbourne, but at various times throughout the series, they are given a Challenge. Hydrowood was the next challenge that aired on Wednesday evening.

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