Winners of the $10,000 Front Yard Fix, Suzanne and Phillip McCarthy (front) amid the rubble in the front yard of their Barham Street home.
Winners of the $10,000 Front Yard Fix, Suzanne and Phillip McCarthy (front) amid the rubble in the front yard of their Barham Street home. The Northern Star

Lismore front yard $10,000 fix

SUZANNE McCarthy was dumbfounded yesterday when she learned she had won The Northern Star's $10,000 Front Yard Fix competition.

It was a little after lunchtime when the Barham Street, Lismore, resident was told she and her husband Phillip had won the front yard makeover by 168 votes.

Ms McCarthy said she entered the competition in July because her front yard was a nightmare and had been for nearly 10 years.

“I was sitting with my husband this morning and laughing about the possibility of winning without actually thinking it would happen,” she said.

“We had our patio dug out eight years ago and the rubble has been left on the lawn ever since.”

Fixing the front yard of the home her family has lived in for 25 years had been on her 'to do' list for a long time.

“It will be so wonderful to finally walk out my front door and not feel embarrassed about my yard,” she said.

Ms McCarthy said she would be happy with a 'simple and tidy' front yard and she was willing to get her hands dirty too.

“It's been in such a mess for so long that at this point I think we would be happy with anything,” she said.

“The first thing I'll be doing when it's completed is inviting friends over for a big barbecue in the front yard.”

The competition, which started in July, randomly selected 10 finalists. Star readers voted for a winner based on photos of the finalists' yards.

The McCarthys received 529 votes, while Margaret Purcell, of Lennox Head, received 361. Libby and Warren Hampson, of East Lismore, were third with 308 votes.

PRD Nationwide Ballina/Lennox Head has organised contractor Max Gooding to carry out the makeover and JH Williams and Sons will supply the materials. The McCarthys will sit down with Mr Gooding to discuss ideas and what direction the makeover will take.

A public unveiling of the yard, along with a barbecue, will take place on Saturday, September 20, at the McCarthy's property in Barham Street, East Lismore.



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