Big Brother House Left To Rot

Kingston

Canadian Royality
#41
Good thing at least one of us did, then 😂




Huh, TIL. Just did a quick google and all I could come up with is the balance of "common humanity". Like if someone scales a fence and injures themselves, courts may say there is no duty of care. Interesting that they could still be pinged though. And yeah, you're right. We can probably say goodbye to the Dreamworld Compound after these latest developments. Really disappointed I only got to vicariously tour the BB houses.
Right now I think they are riding a slippery slope... While they do have fencing in place to discourage people from entering the property it’s clear given the shear number of people entering the property without permission that it’s not working.

Also given the state of the property there’s a lot of potential for injury. Like I said I’m not legal expert but I think it would be pretty difficult for the property owner to argue they are currently fulfilling their duty of care. There doesn’t seem to have been any attempts at clearing up broken glass or attempts to ramp up security despite knowledge that trespassing is becoming a fairly frequent occurrence.

Hopefully the recent fire is a much needed wake up call... At very least a few cameras, an alarm, and motion detectors in place could do a lot in terms of improving security and discouraging things from escalating...
 

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#42
While they do have fencing in place to discourage people from entering the property it’s clear given the shear number of people entering the property without permission that it’s not working.
In both videos the gates have been wide open so it's clear nobody is making any effort at all.
 

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#44
With the clearing of many of the trees between Foxwell Road and the BB compound, it is now possible to see the top of the house without even setting foot onto the ex-Dreamworld land. All from a previously rural-feeling location that nowadays is at the boundary of a Westfield shopping centre. With the compound not nearly as secluded as it used to be, I suspect this is one of the factors behind the initial attraction from the people making the videos. Abandoned and visible from public land.

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Kingston

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#45
With the clearing of many of the trees between Foxwell Road and the BB compound, it is now possible to see the top of the house without even setting foot onto the ex-Dreamworld land. All from a previously rural-feeling location that nowadays is at the boundary of a Westfield shopping centre. With the compound not nearly as secluded as it used to be, I suspect this is one of the factors behind the initial attraction from the people making the videos. Abandoned and visible from public land.

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The attraction is that it’s been abandoned for years and has very little security in place... I think we’d see the same level of interest regardless of whether it’s visible from the road or not...
 

Kingston

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#47
Kind of an overstatement:

That’s probably still the case given the manpower and tech required to run the show.
Considering manned cameras are pretty much a thing of the past and tech automation greatly simplifying the production, storytelling, and editing processes, Channel 10 can run BB for a fraction of what they did in 2008... Manpower being one of the highest costs of production the savings in implementing technology would be fairly significant...

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#49
Wow, what the heck happened to the Big Brother House? I saw a "trending" video pop-up on YouTube the other day (the MiuTube one above), and it makes me so sad to see that people had trashed the 'House!

I spent nearly ten years in the military and when I got out back in 2017 (disappointingly, I was forced out, due to an injury), literally one of the first things I did when I got back to the Gold Coast was pay a visit to the Big Brother House (I even bought a bajillion Dollar camera with my pay-out from the Army specifically to film with):

The 'House was still in pretty good condition back then, but I had to "hide" my video soon after uploading it because Dreamworld Security was not too impressed, especially since I had not swiped my Annual Pass that particular day (they made a point of telling me this)... The guy was a bit of d*#k, but he was just doing his job and I was still seeking post-military employment (something that is surprisingly difficult to do!), so I didn't want to push my luck too much.

Apparently though, every idiot in town has since visited the 'House, and some of them have totally trashed the 'House... Not impressed.

I never understand why people feel the need to do stuff like this...
 
#50
Apparently Dreamworld sold off the property/land not long after 2014, sold it to West Farmers I believe. It's a shame really, I think this will destroy all remaining hope of a revival of the series.
This is incorrect - Ardent Leisure still owned the property at the time of my video (July 31st, 2017)...


I already knew this... Prior to the 2012 BB revival it was announced that Dreamworld had intended on selling off their excess property for use in the Town Centre project... When the actual transaction took place I have no clue...
Sometime after July 31st, 2017...


In both videos the gates have been wide open so it's clear nobody is making any effort at all.
*Cough cough* They may not have been open like that when I paid a visit... *Cough cough*

But there were also signs dotted around the surrounding compound (outside the Big Brother House, where you now see the open gates) that stated the tigers were walked there every morning 0815-0900, so that's probably a key part of the reason why.

Also, Dreamworld Staff were using those gates quite regularly on the times I visited (I spent a lot of time there, over a week or so)... They weren't even paying any attention to the Big Brother House, just driving past it into the paddock/open area (near the road) and then back to Dreamworld (there's an access road nearby that takes you to various sections of Dreamworld) - but they locked the gates every time.


The attraction is that it’s been abandoned for years and has very little security in place... I think we’d see the same level of interest regardless of whether it’s visible from the road or not...
Well I found the Big Brother House on Google Maps, before I even got back to the 'Coast... So the fact that it could not be seen from the road was irrelevant.

And even when I did my reconnaissance over a couple of days, the fact that it could not be seen from the road was a huge advantage (privacy)... Only had to watch out for Dreamworld Staff until I was in the 'House (see above).
 
#52
Not sure why their tweet says July 2009... Dreamworld Staff were using that land all the time when I was there (there was even a building immediately next to the Big Brother House they were using for storage), and this was confirmed when Dreamworld Security called me shortly after I published my video.

I mean, it's pretty irrelevant now... But there's definately some conflicting information there.
 
#53
Not sure why their tweet says July 2009... Dreamworld Staff were using that land all the time when I was there (there was even a building immediately next to the Big Brother House they were using for storage), and this was confirmed when Dreamworld Security called me shortly after I published my video.

I mean, it's pretty irrelevant now... But there's definitely some conflicting information there.
Actually now that I think about it, Dreamworld's PR person definitely has their wires crossed - Dreamworld were hurting financially around the time I posted my video, so not only were all the news outlets reporting that Ardent Leisure might sell their excess land, but Ardent Leisure themselves were saying that it was something they were considering... I know this because I explored most of the land around the Big Brother House, and recall saying to my wife that it was disappointing Dreamworld never made use of all that land (there's a lot more of it than you think), due to the obvious potential.
 

Kingston

Canadian Royality
#54
Well I found the Big Brother House on Google Maps, before I even got back to the 'Coast... So the fact that it could not be seen from the road was irrelevant.

And even when I did my reconnaissance over a couple of days, the fact that it could not be seen from the road was a huge advantage (privacy)... Only had to watch out for Dreamworld Staff until I was in the 'House (see above).
Ya so like I said @marquisite comments were irrelevant...
 

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#55
https://7news.com.au/entertainment/...-to-raise-awareness-for-homelessness-c-140816

Goldman says he's planning on livestreaming himself sleeping at the abandoned house to raise awareness.
New owners
The only snag, he says, is he can't get in contact with who owns the lot.
After the show was axed, the Big Brother house was sold by Dreamworld to a private developer, who isn't returning Goldman's calls.
Against his better judgement, he says, he might just camp out and hope for the best.
"I'm thinking I might just go and sleep there tonight or tomorrow night," he said.
"It's still got the bones and the structure, there's no reason you couldn't do it.
"After all, it's Queensland's Graceland."

Will he do it? Probably not.
 

Kingston

Canadian Royality
#58
Graffiti? Mindless vandalism? Shows that died a natural death?
She's just trying to remain relevant in hopes that the attention keeps her close to landing a job on any potential revival... In other words bringing awareness to the fact that BB is a cash cow and she's desperate for work...
 

brandonthud75

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#59
An update from 2 days ago,, since gaining notoriety of being abandoned

Today

Gosh, it's in a much worse condition :(
More panels smashed up. Even the difference between 2 days ago and today is noticeable :(
 
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