THE MAKING OF IRON RIDGE PARK  
 OH BRC web property image 2014
We purchased the property in January 2007. The block is forty acres of open eucalypt bush and various natives which has for years has been selectively cleared leaving large established trees in grassy paddocks.
OH 360 1 far right May 2011
2008
Soil tests were completed in late January and results given to the planners. The site plan was fine tuned, taking into account the various technical and practical requirements which were coming to light. One benefit of a lengthy approval process is that we were able to adjust the plans as we went.
OH Centre of camp oct 08 OH Dog dam after hailstorm
After a storm in February 2008, we decided that some trees would need to come out as they would be just too dangerous to have in the camp. There was also still a considerable amount of cleaning up to do in the back paddocks. For this, we employed a bulldozer and a man on a chainsaw for a week. We also used the backhoe and truck and managed to keep most of the tree trunks which will be used as garden edging
OH backhoe and bully  OH Fire before lighting
OH Firemen and Mark  OH Fireman
2009
  About now we started negotiating many changes to our plans with the hope that we would be able to open our doors at some stage in the future whilst still retaining the essence of what we wish to achieve.We were also hoping to still have hair, our sense of humour and enough nous to survive the experience. As a wise friend once said - 'persistence beats resistance'
 OH entrance roadway tip truck and backhoe

The local Gregory River bridge was being replaced and we were lucky to get some quality fill from the project.

Some of this was used to raise the causeway to allow all weather access into the camp area, some was stored to be used later for creating level concrete and building pads.

We received 38 truck loads which is about 400 tonnes

OH Gregory truck dumping  OH building causeway 1
OH Causeway 08
 
2009 - 2010

The local Council gave us approval for our Material Change of Use - with conditions, of course!

Now the fun is beginning.

We finalised the plans and commissioned an engineer and a surveyor to get the upgraded entrance off Goodwood Road designed and underway.

It would take until December 2010 (18 months) before the entrance was completed.

OH Front Garden Murra OH front garden 2
Murra the dog looking at the hole where a large tree used to be. Maybe she thinks such a big hole must have a very big bone... Trees & rocks removed. Just waiting for the contractors to apply the new surfacing 
OH two driveways  OH Carving driveway 
OH Geoff Lorraine new drive OH Sealed driveway

Meanwhile, back at the camp ground...

OH amenities Ayers Rock  OH Pavers
 Dirt pushed up from the amenities block created a mini Ayres Rock  Creating the herb garden next to the future BBQ area.Recycled 'pavers' are from the concrete cut from under our house last year - and really heavy
2011
By mid May 2011 we have dug about 600 metres of trenches. Each trench has up to 4 conduits buried for electrical cable  
OH 5 Site conduits  OH Excavator
 OH Conduits pit to entrance OH Conduit trench 
  On the 14th December 2011, we started building the amenities block
 OH Footings OH last wall frame
  2012
As we are not connected to town sewage, we needed to install our own Sewage Treatment Plant ('secondary advanced' for those who may be curious). It arrived in dry weather. All goes smoothly.... OH STP Arrives

Several days later: The STP tanks newly installed. It has, however, been raining quite a lot...

The transport truck having a few issues getting out of the paddock. He ended up being dragged out backwards by his 10 tonne excavator. 
OH STP in ground OH STP Truck mud

Drilling the bore

The controversial issue of connecting to the local council water supply and the conditions they wished to impose was finally settled when we had a bore drilled and found good water.

The picture on the right shows the different layers, at one metre intervals, of the strata found in the 49 metre bore hole, from red dirt to white clay, yellow clay, then sandstone and finally, coal. The good water was found in the sandstone layer.

 OH Drilling Rig OH strata samples

Having a bore requires having a storage facility and we were able to source our tank from a local Childers company.

The dry weather also gave us the opportunity to start putting gravel on the road.

Our little 1976 Ford D12 tip truck got quite a workout. It deposited over 1100 Tonnes of gravel - 6 tonnes at a time!

OH Water Tank arrive  OH D12 gravel garden crop

While at the local quarry collecting road base, we also took the opportunity to collect some decorative rocks. The idea was to create a garden in the middle of an intersection in the roads. This rock alone weighed four tonnes.

What a 'bugger!' moment looks like....

 OH Rock on Truck OH Rock off truck
2013

We were lucky enough to have some members of the 'Crocodile Wheelers' provide some volunteer labour to help us get the basics finished.

Many electrical cables were pulled and connected, the little concrete mixer provided many barrows full of concrete, power heads were connected at the sites and the water treatment / pump shed was put up. The door locks were put in the toilet block and the privacy screens built. The specially designed bore pump shed was also created.

 OH cable pulling OH Bob building 
 OH bore shed crop  OH Sheryl BBQ crop

They came, they saw, & then they got stuck in and helped us get ready for the rest of the 'Wheelers' due to visit for the ANZAC weekend of 2013

We owe a great many thanks to Tony & Sue, Neville and Bob & Sheryl from the 'Crocodile Wheelers' chapter of the C.M.C.A.

OH Tadtow OH Fire Brigade Ashes

Iron Ridge Park began trading in December 2013.

Over the next few years we plan to continue to improve our site facilities and become known as...

'The Bush Camp for the Big Rigs...

and the smaller rigs too'