Narissa O'Doherty in Casuarina's Eco Essence home with eight and a half green stars which will be the first eco prize home from Surfing Life Saving Australia.
Narissa O'Doherty in Casuarina's Eco Essence home with eight and a half green stars which will be the first eco prize home from Surfing Life Saving Australia. Nolan Verheij-Full

Eco-friendly prize home unveiled on Tweed Coast

SURF Life Saving Australia have gained a reputation for offering stunning prize homes in their lotteries.

For the first time, they've selected a NSW home for the prize.

The beach house is nestled in the beautiful Casuarina, and it's got an 8.5 green star eco rating to boot.

Narissa O'Doherty from Eco Essence Homes, the company which built the house, said that was the highest "eco" rating which was worthwhile for the average home, especially in our climate.

Ms O'Doherty said while the majority of home buyers were aware of eco homes, many didn't realise they could also be as affordable as a regular house.

She hoped involvement in the lottery would help to spread the word about their homes.

Surf Life Saving Australia operations and sales manager Flora Harding said it was exciting to have broadened the lottery's scope into Northern NSW.

She said while winning a prize home was a "life-changing experience", buying tickets also contributed invaluable funds to surf life saving operations.

"It goes towards a whole range of things, from equipment to training," Ms Harding said.

Caesar Perilla from Quantum Properties, who scouts properties for Surf Life Saving lotteries, said they were looking to offer further prize homes in the region.

He said he hoped the home's high eco rating would attract increased interest in the lottery.

Eco Essence Homes director Jeremy Magoo said he was thrilled to see Surf Life Saving Australia choose one of their homes for the lottery.

"It's great they've made the decision to take on this home," he said.

When they handed over the house on Thursday, Eco Essence Homes also donated $30,000 to Surf Life Saving.

Ms O'Doherty said they were keen to support the cause as a local business which has been building many homes in coastal regions like Casuarina.

"Being a small local building and design company, we like contributing to the community around us," Ms O'Doherty said.

The prize home was due to be furnished this week and tickets will go on sale in October.

Visit surflottery.com.au for details.



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