It seems the pre-construction process is a very long process. We have not posted since November because there has been not much to talk about.
As we live in the Sutherland shire we cant just 'drop by' the land very easily so we had an issue when it came to the grass needing to be below ankle height. The lady from the Shell Cove sales office dropped by the land to check if it had been cleared (as the council has from time to time mowed our lawn for us). So she drove passed and the lawn was quite long, we then purchased a lawn mower and packed our 2 yr old off for a trip to mow our lawn. When we arrived we were greeted by a beautifully mowed lawn.... thanks to the council!
So we lost a week stuffing around with the lawn then it took another 10 days for the peg out survey to be completed, then there was some more paper work and some bank related delays.
Finally on the 21st of December we received a letter advising we had "officially entered the construction phase" yippee!!
Then 2 days later we received another letter saying 'oh and by the way we have a shut down period over Xmas that normally goes for 5 weeks but yours is only 3 weeks and we'll be back with bells on 16th January 2012.' We knew this would happen but at least we got to enjoy the 'Construction phase' for 2 days before Xmas.
Our site supervisor (SS) is now back to work and as we had hoped, he has hit the ground running! We have our temp fence up (the porta-loo arrived before Xmas) and excavation should be starting by the end of the week!