Making Houses Liveable Homes

Our home is our castle. It’s a place where we can relax and unwind, but for many disabled people, finding a home can be harder than you think, which is why Central continues to support the Liveable Homes initiative.

Liveable Homes aims to increase the number of universal access homes built in WA, with an ultimate goal of making it standard practice.

To support the cause, Central stage three Diploma of Building Design students and stage two Cert IV Residential Drafting students designed a ‘Liveable Home’, with awards on offer to the students with the best designs.

The Disability Services Commission funds the competition and Central has participated for the past two years.

To compete, the students prepared designs for a two-storey home on a battle-axe block, which included the essential features of a Liveable Home, while adhering to Australian building regulations.

These features included a flat level walkway to the entrance, wide entrance doorways, wide internal doorways and halls, accessible toilet on the entry level, an accessible shower at entry level and reinforced walls in the bathrooms and toilet.

Mark Hudson from the Disability Services Commission, Andrew Shellam from Webb, Browne and Neaves and Central Lecturer Vic Whitehurst judged the best design.

This semester’s winners were Laura Calpak from Cert IV Residential Drafting and Van Nam Hai Nguyen from Diploma of Building Design.

The success of Livable Homes continues to expand with many Perth building companies commonly including the criteria into the design of their new homes.

Mechanical Engineering is Cleaning Up

To get our Mechanical Engineering students ready for work in industry, Central not only teaches our students the skills they need, but provides them with projects so they can apply their skills, as they would in the workforce.

Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering students recently presented their final projects, where they designed and built an automatic window washing machine for high-rise buildings.


The class was split into two groups known as ‘Mechanical Engineering Project Clusters’ and worked under the supervision of engineering lecturers Constantinos Stylianou and Remy Jayasekere.

This final project is culmination of all the students’ learning through out the course and gave them the opportunity to creatively apply their knowledge to a significant project.

Mechanical Engineering Lecturer, Remy Jayasekere has been impressed by the quality of each group’s submission.

“The class created two machines that each work in different ways. What the students have built is really good”, Remy said.

On the 18 November, the students presented and demonstrated their creations to lecturers, managers and fellow students.


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Sustainable success

Central were among the 42 finalists from 22 institutions present at the recent 2015 Green Gown Awards Australasia. The recently completed 6 star Green Star rated Greenskills Training Centre, at Central’s East Perth campus, won the highly anticipated ‘Built Environment’ category at the award ceremony in Geelong, Victoria.

The Green Gown Awards Australasia are run by ACTS – Australasian Campuses towards Sustainability and administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

ACTS is the sector champion for improving and promoting sustainability in the further and higher education sector and represents over 90% of universities, and other TAFEs and polytechnics within Australasia.

The Centre's rooftop garden
The Centre’s rooftop garden

Every aspect of the Greenskills Training Centre building, including its architecture, construction, landscaping, and engineering principles has been designed on sustainability principles.

It is completely self-sufficient in energy and water.

The Green Gown Award submissions were subject to strict judging by a panel of independent international experts comprising of representatives from 35 organisations such as universities Australia, TAFE Directors Australia, Centre for Sustainability Leadership, the Association for tertiary education management (ATEM) the Association for Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), USA, WWF and 1 million women. The judges stated they were extremely impressed with the quality and standard of entries.


A whole new dimension

To keep up with the ever-changing tools of industry we often need a short sharp course to get us up to speed and on our way.

The launch of Central’s new Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) short course illustrates the impact of addressing the very latest demand.

BIM is a way for generating and managing digital representations of buildings or facilities. It goes beyond planning and design and extends to the lifecycle of the building including cost management, construction management and facility operations to name just a few.

In essence, it extends beyond the three dimensions (length, width, height) and includes time (4D) and cost (5D).

The BIM short course is designed to prepare participants for introducing BIM into an architectural, engineering, construction or drafting office.

The first course ran over three days in July and August and is the first of its kind to be run in WA. It received universal praise from the participants for both the quality and relevance of the training.

The course was run by Central lecturer Martine Cason and featured guest presenters Alastair Brook and Michael Ruehr.

Alastair Brook is the Project BIM Manager for the $919 million Perth Stadium project and previously worked on the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital project.

Michael Ruehr has over 35 years experience across all facets of the building industry, which has taken him all over the world. He has the ability to break complex tasks into manageable chunks and has worked with BIM Management for more than 6 years.

The overwhelming endorsement of the BIM short course means that another has immediately been scheduled to run later this year.

Register your interest in this or any of our Engineering, Building and Mining short courses here.

STEMming the Tide

We need more people in STEM subjects, especially girls!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, (STEM) are all subjects that are traditionally dominated by boys.

In an effort to buck the trend, Central hosted an interactive ‘Girls in STEM’ Open Day followed by a general STEM Open Day on the 19/20 June at the GreenSkills Centre in East Perth.

Year 10 and 11 girls from across the state answered the call.  Over fifty girls descended on East Perth from places as far and wide as Pinjarra and Lesmurdie, including indigenous girls from the Follow The Dream program.

This year’s program was co-funded by the Department of Education and the Schools Pathway program and built on a solid showing last year.

The open days showcased the diverse range of career options available through STEM pathways and helped smash the stereotype that STEM subjects are a ‘boy thing’.

The days were structured to give participants a chance to try their hand at a little bit of everything. The girls were divided into five groups and rotated through activities for five different STEM pathways including building, science, engineering, resources and IT.


Every activity featured a female STEM ambassador from Central to both answer questions and illustrate the opportunities STEM skills can lead to.

With STEM skills in increasingly high demand as business and governments look to adapt new technologies, innovations and solutions to create jobs, events such as this show potential students the vast career potential in this field.

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Cooking up a storm

Homelessness, domestic violence, drug use and mental health are all issues that affect huge numbers of Australians and their families each year.

To work through these issues, families need the support of community centre’s like the Ruah Centre to provide safe, positive environments for recovery.

On the 21 May, Certificate II Community Services students held a community event to raise awareness of these social issues and raise money for the Ruah Centre.

The Ruah Centre provides services to men and women who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. It is an inner-city day centre for adults that offer access to showers, computers, telephones, activities, hot drinks, toast and fruit.

The Community Services students ran stalls and provided information on the effects of domestic violence, drug use, homelessness and mental health, as well as hosting a fundraising sausage sizzle.

Students Craig Bendeich, Jennifer Petroboni, Naomi Simwanza, Samuel Gale and Claire Sharp relished the opportunity to put their skills into practice and assist with such a worthy cause.

On the 23 June, following discussions with the Ruah Centre, the students purchased and donated a new BBQ with the money raised from the sausage sizzle.

The students then christened the BBQ by cooking up a storm for all those attending. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Northbridge project gives Georgie a taste for design work

Georgie Clifford was one of a group of 19 design students who recently completed an intense internship through Guerrilla Creative, a newly formed collaborative network for emerging designers established by a couple of design graduates. The interns worked in teams on developing a concept for an actual restaurant project in Northbridge, with the result being a presentation to the client and a wealth of real-world experience.

The interns heard guest speakers from industry and then worked up a concept encompassing branding, the interior space, social media and a range of other elements for the restaurant project. They met with the client directly and learnt valuable lessons in client communications.

“I was given invaluable information on key elements that need to be considered before concept development. These are things that cannot be specifically taught within the classroom. Guerrilla Creative also allowed me the opportunity to work within a collaborative environment with people I did not know, from a variety of different design backgrounds. This enhanced the concept development process and gave me insight into the importance of working alongside many different creatives and how this can push the creative boundaries,” said Georgie. Georgie is studying a Bachelor of Interior Design (Commercial) at Billy Blue College of Design, run in partnership with Central Institute of Technology.

“Guerrilla Creative is aiming to bridge the gap between education and industry for all the creative talent in Perth – across a range of disciplines. We want them to #makeyourmark across Perth and help contribute to the amazing transformation that is happening to our city. Formal education provides the starting point, Guerrilla Creative will provide continued support, development and networking for those that are passionate about their career in design”, explains Guerrilla Creative founder Kerrie Allen.

Kerrie founded the not-for-profit internship program with fellow graduate Christian Oshiro and Central lecturers Kyri Tombouloglou and Peter McCormack to support the student and graduate design community. (You can read about Christian Oshiro’s award winning work here). 

Guerilla Creative founder Kerrie Allen chats with student Georgie Clifford
Georgie Clifford (left) in discussion with Guerrilla Creative founder Kerrie Allen.

“We have just finished the pop-up studio internship with our very first group of interns. The vibe in the studio was upbeat, honest and hard-working – and we are so proud of the commitment from all 19 interns and amazed at the level of work they have produced in such a small space of time. They will now leave the pop-up studio and continue to work collaboratively within their groups in readiness to present to the client in a few weeks’ time,” Kerrie said.

Photographs courtesy of Shoshana Kruger Photography.

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Creative arts courses at Central
• Billy Blue Bachelor of Interior Design (Commercial) – run in partnership with Central
• Keep up with Guerrilla Creative’s Facebook page