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Meet the cast of THE BLOCK TREE CHANGE 2022 on Channel 9

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In the brand new season of The Block on Channel 9, five brand new couples will take on the biggest challenge any Blockhead has ever seen.

For the first time, the world’s largest reality-renovation show will leave the city and head to Gisborne South in Victoria’s magnificent Macedon Ranges.

The Block: Tree Change has a stellar lineup of fresh-faced couples, most of whom are incredibly excited to take on this year’s challenge.

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The massive construction effort ahead proves too much for one couple, who abandon their tools and walk out only three days into filming, shaking The Block to its core.

Each of the five city-slicker teams must construct a 500-square-metre homestead and 700-square-metre landscaping, including tennis courts, pools, and even a winery, on 10 acres of prime Aussie heartland.

In his 16th season hosting The Block, Scott Cam will be building his own house for the first time and will be joined by a new cast member: Frankie, his adorable tan kelpie.

  • Scott Cam presents The Block: Tree Change (image - Channel 9)
  • Scott Cam and Shelley Craft present The Block: Tree Change (image - Channel 9)
  • The Block: Tree Change (image - Channel 9)
  • Scott Cam presents The Block: Tree Change (image - Channel 9)
  • The Block: Tree Change (image - Channel 9)
  • Scott Cam presents The Block (image - Channel 9)

Scott will be joined once again by his series co-host Shelley Craft, judges Shaynna Blaze, Neale Whitaker, and Darren Palmer, and The Block’s formidable foremen Keith Schleiger and Dan Reilly.

The Block is Australia’s most successful renovation reality show, with 18 seasons on the air this year after ranking among the top three most-watched reality shows on Australian television in 2021.

Meet the teams

Ankur & Sharon (image - Channel 9)
Ankur & Sharon (image – Channel 9)

Ankur & Sharon

Regulars on Melbourne’s glamorous social scene, Ankur and Sharon are the first to admit that a construction site is something very foreign to them.

But every step of the way, despite the challenges, they will stick by each other. They are set to provide lots of colour and movement to The Block, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Proud Australians of Indian heritage, they want to be positive role models for their community on this series.

Experience:

It’s safe to say that out of all our couples, Ankur and Sharon have the least experience when it comes to building a house. Sharon will use her time living in South Australia on a rural property to fill in for their lack of renovation experience.

“I grew up on a farm and I’m a fix-it girl – that’s how my dad taught me,”

Ankur, 41, accountant

A likeable accountant, Ankur admits The Block is something so incredibly foreign to him that this is actually part of its appeal. Melbourne’s multiple lockdowns also inspired him to have a crack at The Block.

“This is something so out of my comfort zone,”

“With accounting it’s something you fall into, and you do it because it’s a safe and stable income.

But after the lockdowns I really wanted to grow and do something different and completely random, and what better way to do that than go on The Block?”

Ankur’s late father, from Adelaide, is his inspiration.

“My whole life he was blind, but he was also fiercely independent. He always said, ‘Never be the victim’ – it doesn’t matter what your disability is, you can achieve whatever you want to.”

Sharon, 35 lawyer/actor

Sharon might already be known to many fans of The Block, as she played the role of Dipi Rebecchi for four years on Neighbours.

Fierce and unafraid to express her opinions, she’ll be no shrinking violet among her new neighbours. Sharon is an advocate for women to freeze their eggs, after having a miscarriage last year.

“I think this is really important to talk about,”

“We are happily married, we were trying to have a baby, and it didn’t work out. So as we wanted a bit more time, I froze my eggs.”

Dylan & Jenny (image - Channel 9)
Dylan & Jenny (image – Channel 9)

Dylan & Jerry

Dylan and Jenny are engaged and hope to tie the knot in March next year. They met years ago while working in the Canadian ski resort town of Whistler.

They might always be sweet and smiling, but they are on The Block to take it seriously and are not afraid of hard work.

Experience

This couple were building their own home in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast when they got the call to be on The Block. Dylan is a builder and Jenny works with him as an apprentice tradie – a first for The Block.

They recently started their own building company called Smooth Sailing Designs. They know what to do when it comes to renovating a house.

“We are building our own dream home in Palm Beach, getting married and now doing this. It’s an amazing time,” Jenny said.

Dylan, 28, builder

For Dylan, building houses has always been in the family.

“My dad is a builder and I have grown up watching him,” he explains. “Now that I’m a builder it felt natural to apply for The Block as it’s something I have always wanted to challenge myself with.”

Dylan is a hard worker who plans to throw everything he can into The Block, as he realises it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Jenny, 25, apprentice chippy

A proud female tradie, Jenny wants to show Australia and young girls that the building industry can be a great career for a woman.

“When I tell people I am doing my apprenticeship they always say you don’t build, you don’t do anything. But I do – I do everything,” she says.

Jenny has worked in childcare, as a dental assistant, and she was a ski instructor in Whistler, before deciding to make it in the construction game. She is looking forward to getting on the tools – the first time The Block has ever featured a female tradie.

Omar & Oz (image - Channel 9)
Omar & Oz (image – Channel 9)

Omar & Oz

Best mates Omar and Oz are proud family men wanting to make a difference for their kids.

For their first few weeks on The Block, the practising Muslims were observing Ramadan while taking on all the challenges around them.

They realise that visibility on television is important for young Muslim Australians.

“We are Muslim and I am Lebanese, but I am Australian Lebanese,” Oz said. “I’m a proud Australian and I want to show what two Muslim Aussies can do.”

Experience

While they haven’t renovated houses together, both have been around the construction industry. Omar has worked in demolition and Oz comes from a construction background.

“I have done a lot of building maintenance for schools and offices, and a little bit of carpentry,” Oz said. “Dad is a builder. I’m looking forward to getting involved and working with trades, something I feel comfortable about.”

Omar, 30, former NRL player

Omar was born in Afghanistan and came to New Zealand as a refugee when he was three. He is proud of his Afghan heritage, having represented Afghanistan’s national rugby league team. He was also a professional NRL player with the New Zealand Warriors before moving to Japan and making the switch to rugby union.

Omar has now turned his sights to rugby sevens, heading overseas soon to play for Afghanistan. Omar grew up in Auckland before moving to Sydney with his wife, Maz. They have two boys, Quais (4) and Yusha (1), and family is everything to him. It will be tough to be away from them, but Maz realises he’s doing it to build a better future for everyone.

“My wife is very supportive of me going on The Block,” he said. “She is a very strong woman, very independent as well.”

Oz, 30, building maintenance manager

You could rightly call Oz a superfan of The Block.

“I have always watched the show, especially the reveal episodes, so it’s great for me to be here,”

He and his wife Jasmine have three boys, Malik (7), Zayd (5) and Humza (1). His religion is very important to him and his family, and he says it’s great to see a positive representation of Muslim Australians on television.

“Yes, we pray five times a day, but we feed the poor and we are good to others,” he said. “We respect our neighbours regardless of what nationality or country they are from.”

Tom & Sarah-Jane (image - Channel 9)
Tom & Sarah-Jane (image – Channel 9)

Tom and Sarah-Jane

Authentic and dynamic are two words that can be used to describe married couple Tom and Sarah-Jane.

They have a one-year-old daughter, Cleo, and are doing The Block to give her a better future. Together for seven years and married nearly three, they met at Sarah-Jane’s sister’s wedding

This pair might argue a lot on The Block, but within five minutes they are back to their loud and loving selves.

“We were a casual fling that spiralled into getting married and having a kid and now ending up on The Block,” Tom said.

Experience

They own a house in the Melbourne suburb of Gladstone Park and have a caravan at Lake Eildon in regional Victoria.

While they haven’t renovated as many houses as some of the stronger couples in Block history, they make up for that with sheer guts and determination. Sarah-Jane will take on the role of stylist and shopper, and while she hasn’t had much experience that won’t bother her one bit.

Tom, 34, plumber

All his life Tom has had an addiction to working hard. He’d be at his happiest if he could do it all day long. This includes his hobby of woodchopping, which he has loved since being a kid.

“I could work 24 hours a day, I love it,”

“So that part of The Block is not going to bother me, I’m going to relish it.”

Tom is a successful plumber running his own business and employing subcontractors. With a dry sense of humour, he is set to be very well-liked on The Block, and he’s not afraid of showing himself.

“I am totally comfortable with myself,”

Sarah-Jane, 30, social worker

The minute Sarah-Jane walks on to The Block she makes an impact and means business. Loud, outspoken and with a heart of gold, when Sarah-Jane enters a room, you know it.

“People always say that I’m so loud,”

“Yes, I’m a lot, and some people don’t like it, but I’m harmless. I just like to have a laugh and a good time.”

She has worked in aged care as a social worker, a job she finds incredibly rewarding.

“I used to work as a carer, then I went on to study further to do more of an advocacy kind of role.

Now I do case management with people over the age of 65 who are in vulnerable situations and I love it.”

Joel & Elle (image - Channel 9)
Joel & Elle (image – Channel 9)

Joel & Elle

Joel and Elle are hardly new to the spotlight, both having high-profile public careers.

Joel played over 200 AFL games for the Brisbane Lions and Greater Western Sydney Giants, while Elle was one of Australia’s original influencers and currently has nearly 700,000 followers on Instagram.

Experience

Despite making his name in the AFL, Joel has a background in building, coming from a family of tradies in Adelaide. He has renovated two houses in Brisbane.

“One of the houses was a traditional Queenslander and the other was a rebuild of a 1920s cottage,”

“I also have three brothers who are tradies and my parents were renovators.”

Elle has a diploma in interior design, and for six years built General Pants stores around the world, so she has that all-important eye for design which is invaluable on The Block.

Joel, 37, ex-AFL player

The winner of two best and fairest awards for Brisbane, Joel is competitive and wants to bring that streak to The Block. He retired from football in 2017 at the age of 32 – something he does not regret.

“I just didn’t want to be that guy who was pushed out the door, or who had a season-ending injury.

I wanted to control and leave on my terms, and that’s exactly what I did.”

Since leaving the AFL, Joel has travelled the world with Elle and launched his own vintage T-shirt import business. He also has his own fashion label called Lost Athletes.

Elle, 38, influencer and entrepreneur

While working at General Pants, Elle started a popular fashion blog. But things really took off when she set up her Instagram page.

“I started taking photos of what I was wearing and posting back in 2010,”

“I think I was an early adopter, and that’s part of my career success.”

As well as numerous brand ambassadorships, Elle, with the help of Joel, runs her own beauty company called the Elle Effect.

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