Barry Du Bois is a sixty-one-year-old master builder from Sydney’s western suburbs who lucked into a TV gig in 2011 on the Network Ten hit show The Living Room
Baz grew up in a two-bedroom fibro house full of asbestos with a tin roof and a lean-to out the back on a six-lane highway. Fifty-seven Newbridge Road, Moorebank. Right there in the middle of a flood zone, next to Bankstown airport and the Milperra Bridge.
Before TV, Baz had a successful building career. Starting out as an apprentice carpenter, he progressed to owning and running his own building company before graduating onto renovating multi-million dollar waterfront homes.
The kid from Moorebank had done pretty good.
In 2009, Baz got hit by cancer for the first time. A giant tumour had eaten away two of his vertebrae. Told he had three-to-six months left to live.
He beats it or at least thinks he has.
A few years later it’s back.
Again, and buoyed by his co-stars on The Living Room and support from fans, and another round of what’s called “double fatal chemo”, he survives, although the damage is done.
Baz, always positive, calls his cancer a gift.
It woke him up to the beauty of life, sure, but also to the need to intervene in politics to ensure his two kids, born in 2012, have a sane, healthy world to live in.
Baz also conducts regular home renovations segments on radio stations including Sydney’s 2GB and WSFM, and Brisbane’s 4BC, as well as running his own interior design and strategic planning consultancy service.
Further to his work in TV and radio, Barry is an avid supporter of various charities that including the Cancer Council, R U OK? Day and the Salvation Army.