Couple “destined” to win take out top prize in Aussie Living Homes competition


Cayla Scarborough and Jasmin Hill celebrated winning their first home.
Cayla Scarborough and Jasmin Hill celebrated winning their first home.

A LONG running joke between Jasmin Hill and partner Cayla Scarborough won the pair a house in the Aussie Living Homes Win a House competition.

“Cayla is fully convinced in her soul that she is destined to win Lotto,” Miss Hill said.

“We’re always entering competitions like this.”

The couple won a one-of-a-kind Aussie Living designed three bedroom, two bathroom home called ‘The Geo’, worth $106,352.

The home will be built on a plot they have purchased in Seville Grove.

Miss Hall didn’t expect anything when Aussie Home Living called to say they’d made the top ten finalists.

“I thought yeah I’ll go, at least if we don’t win there will be free nibbles,” she said.

When the excitement died down the reality of being two students with a mortgage set in.

“We’ve just been speaking to the bank and had our financing approved,” Miss Hill said.

“We’ve taken on the major part of the mortgage and got a private loan from my parents which we’ll be paying back.”

The financial pressures will certainly be greater than those from their Redcliffe rental.

The couple got engaged a week before winning the competition and are expecting to be in their new home by the time of their wedding in April 2018.

“It doesn’t matter if the law hasn’t changed,” said Miss Hill.

“We’ll just have a civil ceremony instead.”

Miss Hill has completed an Arts degree and will be starting a post-graduate degree in secondary teaching in 2017.

Miss Scarborough has pursued a degree in midwifery and her dream job is to work in the maternity department at Armadale Hospital.

“In the past 2 months we’ve got engaged, won a house and done the Michelle Bridges weight loss diet and lost 10 kg and 4kg each,” said Miss Hill.

“When we won and they offered us champagne we were like, yes, we’re having champagne.”

The young women are far from the gen-Y stereotype, both working while studying and Miss Scarborough owning her own business in placenta encapsulation.

“You steam (the placenta), dehydrate it until it’s a kind of jerky and then blend it into a fine powder,” said Miss Hill.

“We have lots of candles (to disguise the smell).”

A traditional Chinese medicine, placenta encapsulation has been promoted as a treatment for post-natal depression and hormone replacement after birth.

It can also be consumed raw or frozen and saved for later life such as menopause.