By Monique Kuzeff

A house built to sell off for charity now stands completed in Knowles Court, Thurgoona, ready to be put under the hammer on Saturday 18 March.
A modern, natural light-filled and energy efficient four-bedroom home was constructed over the past seven months as a charity project by local builder David Hawkins of Green Homes Australia and his wife Beth to raise funds for the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre (AWRCC) Trust Fund.
The Charity House Auction Project was made possible with the voluntary input of 42 businesses and tradespeople who donated their time and materials.
Mr Hawkins said the project was inspired after a discussion with Beth 18 months ago on doing something for the community.
“She’s a cancer nurse and I’m a builder so we had a bit of talk about combining our occupations so that’s where the whole process started,” Mr Hawkins said.
He said one of the main aspects of the house was the energy efficiency that is largely aided by the natural lighting.
“We wanted to find a block that had perfect orientation so this has got a perfect north orientation.
“The whole home was designed around the energy efficiency of the home.
“The estate stands out and this is going to be a house someone will be proud to live in.”
The house also has double-glazed windows with aluminum frame, solar-boosted hot water system, and a roof catchment feeding in to a 5000-litre rainwater tank.
AWRCC Trust Fund will receive the profit made on the house – the difference in between the cost of constructing the house and the closing sale price.
William Bonnici, director of Bonnici and Associates First National Real Estate, believes the house to be valued at about $400,000 and expects a “huge” turnout on auction day.
“This might even be a great opportunity for an investor with proximity to Charles Sturt University and some magnificent schools here, and Thurgoona is bursting at the seams it’s growing so quickly,” Mr Bonnici said.
AWRCC Trust Fund secretary Geoff Smith said community fund-raising was “absolutely vital” for the Trust Fund and was “appreciative” of all of those who jumped on board.
“The original funding constructed the cancer centre and any subsequent things we need to purchase such as new equipment or personal development for staff or support of research will have to be funded out of the funding,” Mr Smith said.
“The AWRCC Trust Fund is the main form of doing that at the moment.
“I am hopeful there will be a big roll up of people coming along on 18 March to put their hand up and bid for it.”
The house will be open for inspection in the lead up to the auction with details available on all major real estate websites.

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