I was contacted back in October last year for an initial consult, on pre-property purchase in Tatong, Victoria, Australia. Since then the project has come along in leaps and bounds. Below is a photolog of the events, trials and tribulations of the project this far. My first job after purchase was to secure the dam and install what will become a secondary spillway, but for now it’s the primary spillway — it’s as simple as putting the next spillway in 50mm lower than the current one which is set at 1m below the dam wall height, giving us a 1m freeboard. I call it the insurance policy!
We have connected up gravity-fed water systems from the top dam on the property for the service water, a huge milestone in establishing any system. The next lot of jobs was infrastructure — retrofitting part of the old hayshed into to a temporary home — and drinking water was also a priority, We started off by bringing my portable sawmill down and milling timber on site (the classic of mill to the log). We installed a stainless steel rainwater tank and set up guttering downpipes for rainwater harvesting and storage. And for a hot shower, rather than a cold swim, we installed a rocket stove hot water heater built off site with salvaged materials and installed in a matter of hours.
And with all projects you need building materials, so we we will be doing a bit more sawmill work for building structures — a solar power room for batteries / inverter, a shade-house on the southwest side of the shed-come-home, and chicken houses, both stationary and portable.
I’m also happy to say I have been invited to teach and use this site as an education site, starting off with weekend courses, then week long — leading up to running full PDCs. Stay tuned for more on this!