Gala honour for radio graduate

Despite being barely three years old, Central’s Diploma of Radio course has delivered its very first ACRA award winner.

Currently in their 27th year, the ACRAs (radio equivalent to the Logies) are a celebration of the vast talent pool that drives the Australian Commercial Radio industry. The awards are designed to recognise excellence in all areas of radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment.

All 33 award categories are peer judged, with judging panels comprised of industry members.

Radio alumni student Gemma Maddox won ‘Best Music Director’ in a country market for her work at the Max FM station in Taree, NSW. Gemma graduated from Central in 2013.

The annual awards were held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre and this national recognition is an outstanding achievement for Gemma.

The pedigree of Central’s training further cemented with the fact that at the same event, Gemma’s former lecturer and course co-founder Russell Torrance, won a Best Show Producer award for his recent work at Wave FM in Wollongong, NSW. (See Gemma Interviewed on Prime 7 TV)



Planting the Seeds of Success

When you pursue something you love, at times it can be a long hard road, particularly if it’s as competitive as the music industry.

Central’s Xanthea O’Connor and Alumni member Bex Chilcott (AKA Ruby Boots) recently secured grants from The Seed Fund, and organisation that aims to facilitate a range of initiatives for local musicians.

The Seed Fund is not for profit and was founded by John Butler and Danielle Caruana (AKA Mama Kin) to help local musicians and managers get the most out of themselves and the industry.

Advanced Diploma of Music Business student, Xanthea was one of two Perth music business people to be selected for The Seed Fund program, Management Workshop. This workshop is a one-stop shop for practical strategies to manage artists that are establishing themselves and to gain insights from industry experts.

Xanthea O'Connor
Xanthea O’Connor

For Xanthea, this is the second piece of good news her management career has seen recently. Earlier this year, she received a $10,000 grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts for managing the artists, Joni in the Moon.

Meanwhile, Diploma of Music Business graduate, Bex Chilcott received funding from The Seed Fund for Professional Management Support. This funding provides her with a greater ability to roll out campaigns and deliver strategies for the artists she manages by supplementing her income as a manager, especially in times of heavy workload and limited commission.

Bex Chilcott
Bex Chilcott

Bex, better known by her artist name, Ruby Boots, has been going from strength to strength. She recently received a record deal from Universal and returned home from her first U.S. tour.

With the help of initiatives from organisations like The Seed Fund, combined with lots of hard work, the dreams of ‘making it’ in the music industry become that little bit closer for artists and managers alike.


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Three out of Five for Fashion Stars

The strength of Central’s Fashion and Textile Design portfolio need no greater illustration than the recent success at the Perth Fashion Festival Student Runway.

Competing against the likes of Curtin University, ECU, WAAPA and Polytechnic West.
Central fashion students won three out of the five categories.

Phoebe D'Arcy Evans
Phoebe D’Arcy Evans

The students are all completing a Diploma of Fashion and Textile Design at Central. Celia Friebe took home top honours for the Women’s Ready to Wear category. Simon Squires won the Eco Design category and Phoebe D’Arcy Evans was judged the best in the Contemporary Evening Wear.

Simone Squires
Simone Squires

To see pictures from the night click below.

Congratulations to the students who clearly have a future as bright as the runway.

(Find out more about studying fashion at Central)

Breakfast Boom

Commercial radio is highly competitive, so when one of our students is hired by the industry it’s a big achievement, let alone the hiring of a whole presenting team. In the past two weeks we’ve had exactly that happen, twice.

In an unprecedented two weeks for Central’s radio portfolio, four of our Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting) students and Boom radio hosts have been picked up for two different shows on two different radio stations.

Boom Radio duo; Christian Dichiera and Kane Coelho have agreed to be the breakfast show hosts for ZOO-FM in Dubbo NSW. Christian and Kane currently host the Boom Drive show and have just two weeks to farewell their listenership before heading east.

Chris and Kaneblog

While the broadcast team of Tim Collins and Tayla Golesworthy will be moving to Radio 97 in Tweed Heads in NSW to host the breakfast show. The now former Boom Radio breakfast show presenters will soon be heard from the Gold Coast to the Northern Rivers in Queensland.

Getting hired individually is a hard enough, but to have two complete Boom Radio shows recruited for two different industry breakfast shifts is a huge endorsement of the training here at Central as well as the talent at Boom Radio.

The employment of these two radio teams is yet another triumph in an already stellar year for the Central Radio portfolio, which is arguably reaching world class standards in training for the world of radio.

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All the Right Signals

The best people in any industry are driven by passion. The passion to succeed, learn and strive to constantly improve.

Central TV Broadcasting coordinator Peter Wharram possess this passion in spades and is determined to share it with his students in order to give them the best possible training.

Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) in conjunction with Learning Australia, recently used Peter’s broadcasting course as one of twenty-four national case studies that illustrate good practice in assessment.

IBSA is one of eleven Industry Skills Councils authorised by the Australian Government to be an official voice on vocational education and training across six industries. The industries include Business Services, Cultural and Related Services, Financial Services, ICT and Communications, Training and Education and Printing and Graphic Arts.

To be considered as a case study, the course must illustrate good practice across a range of categories. These include providing timely and accurate information to all students, use formative feedback and include reasonable adjustment, and validate assessment with industry and other stakeholders.

Peter’s course was chosen as the case example ahead of all other broadcasting courses in Australia.

When you look at his record and reputation it’s easy to see why. He has 40 years industry experience and is still active in worldwide broadcasting projects including the Football World Cup.

When the broadcast industry changed in the 80’s and 90’s, TV stations shed jobs and ceased training; Peter took the opportunity to fill the gap and provide work ready training.

To prepare his students for the industry, Peter treats his students as if they were part of a real broadcasting crew.

“When I first meet the students, I tell them, they are not students but crew. I will treat you the same as I would my crew in the World Cup”, he said of his teaching style.

Peter’s aim is not only to teach skills but also to prepare students to enter the industry as soon as they graduate and he structures his course and assessments around that singular aim.

To make it in the broadcasting industry, students need to be able to work under pressure and have realistic expectation about the effort required. Peter uses his industry contacts to provide industry experience to his students so they can learn what it takes first hand.

For his second semester students, Peter coordinates twenty outside broadcasting events and organises students to work with industry professionals from NEP and Gearhouse Broadcasting on the weekends. The students get to work on professional broadcasts for events, such as AFL, Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, Netball, Australia’s Got Talent and The X-Factor.

Peter believes it is important to assess students in industry situations to gauge their levels of reliability, responsibility and ability to work under pressure, rather than just a set of base level skills.

To conduct a course like this, the trainer must have industry experience in order to recognise the important skills and necessary temperament for his students as well as having extensive links to industry professionals.

The time and effort required for a course such as this is huge. The events Peter organises are logistically massive and usually occur on weekends taking up to two full twelve-hour days as well as classes and keeping up with industry trends and technology.

“I love my industry. If you don’t keep up with it, it shows you have no passion”, Peter said.

To sum up how Peter sees his students and his own role as teacher and professional “You’ve got to want to do this”.

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Bright Idea

Central students are currently involved in a very unusual creative project as part of National Science Week.

The Perth Science Festival team got UWA, Scitech, Pathwest Laboratory Medicine WA and Central to join forces with the idea of making art from bioluminescence. What a bright idea!
The parties teamed up to develop some amazing art from biological processes.

Perth Science Festival is organised by the National Science Week WA Committee, comprised of representatives from the Perth universities, the State Government, Water Corporation and Central.

The microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles was brought over from New Zealand to coordinate the recruitment of artists for this special, one off project. One of those ultimately selected was Central Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts student Jason Lee Mitchell.

Jason was born deaf and his sight has made up for what his ears couldn’t. He started out drawing animals in his childhood and cartoons became a source of inspiration. A gift of a digital drawing tablet introduced him to the world of digital art.

“I enjoyed working on the project and feel honoured to have been a part of something quite amazing”, said Jason.

Jason-Lee-Mitchell - Harmony
Jason-Lee-Mitchell – Harmony

The Science Festival team wanted to break down some of the barriers between science and art. The selected artists used Photobacterium phosphoreum to create the work. No, not just the best words ever written on this blog, but naturally bioluminescent bacteria traditionally found in marine animals. To get more technical for a second, the bacterium emits a blue-green light at 490 nanometers due to a chemical reaction with the enzyme luciferase, which transforms chemical energy into light energy.

Siouxsie Wiles guides the artists
Siouxsie Wiles guides the artists

The bacteria were cultivated and then used on the agar to make the pieces of art. These were then mounted on frames and displayed in darkness in The Blue Room, Northbridge as part of the Science Festival over the weekend. The plating of the agar and the technical support for the project was provided by Central Laboratory Technicians Tamara Cornelius and Noeline Ellis. UWA grew the culture and Pathwest prepared the growth medium.

Bioluminescence is surprisingly common, especially in the ocean where it is found in everything from fish to sea stars, microscopic bacteria, jellyfish and squid. It is not quite so common in art galleries.

Emily Rippon - Anatomy
Emily Rippon – Anatomy
Catalina Anderson - Sea Diner
Catalina Anderson – Sea Diner

(Special thanks to Catalina Blue for providing the photos)

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Shutter Closes on a Stellar Career

Following his retirement in June this year, photography lecturer Leon Kozyrski, received an Honorary Life Membership from the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP).

Leon received the award for his outstanding contribution to the photography industry, with over 38 years teaching and industry experience.

His passion for photography started at an early age. Leon’s father was a professional photographer in Poland and later in Geraldton.

After receiving his award, I caught up with Leon to discuss his career achievements and what the future holds…

When did you start pursuing photography?    

 I was exposed to photography from the age of seven. In 1969 I was awarded a Diploma in Commercial, Industrial and Advertising Photography from Ealing Technical College, UK.

The college provided me with a solid foundation and variety of possibilities that I pursued after graduation. During my career as a professional photographer I also taught the subject in my spare time. Lecturing became more serious when I joined Mt Lawley Technical College as a part time photography lecturer in 1976. By 1978 I was accepted as a full time lecturer and my teaching career had begun. I was also accepted as a full member of Australian Institute of Professional Photography.

How long were you at Central?   

During my teaching career, the college had a number of name changes (Tech, CMC, TAFE and Central) so I can say my total number of years spanned over 38 in total, between the Mt Lawley and Perth campuses. I officially retired in June 2015.

What is your biggest inspiration?          

There were a few, but my biggest inspiration came from end of year graduations, where the third year students showcase their photography to their family, friends and prospective employers.

I watched these students mature and develop skills that many a professional photographer would have to try hard to match. All of our lecturers are very proud of student achievements and as for me, it was great motivator to start again the following year.

Leon kozyrski, Krakowblog

What was your biggest challenge and greatest achievement in your career so far?       

My biggest challenge was moving the Photography Section from the Mt Lawley campus to the Perth campus. The wet processes were the most difficult and costly to move. Together with my team, I had to decide on which processes we had to let go.

My greatest achievement was when I established a lunchtime forum where well-known photographers could show and discuss their work to inspire and motivate students. The events were conducted in my own time and were well attended by students.

35 years and about 120 guest speakers later, this model became embedded in the curriculum of the latest Advanced Diploma of Photography. That was one of my greatest achievements over a long time span. I was also instrumental in setting up and running highly successful short courses for paying candidates. The income generated helped to fund our new digital lab and other modern equipment for the photography section.

How do you feel about receiving your life membership award?

I was surprised and delighted to be nominated for the award. For me, it was the ultimate reward for my efforts as a photographer and a lecturer at Central. My fellow lecturers and I promoted the AIPP to our students as the key organisation that would enhance their working careers.

Leon Kozyrski, NZ South Island

What are your plans for the future?

My wife and I both rally enjoy travel and presently are busy planning a trip to Europe. Photography is still my passion, but family and friends are also very important in my life. In other words, I don’t have any solid plans so, for the time being, I will just go with the flow.

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