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LITTLE PICTURES, BIG IMPACT Seeing the world in miniature


Helping youth shoot for the stars




The future of Brisbane’s in good hands

From coding to cakes

Taking English international

MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN The Mad Hatter was onto something when he decided to celebrate unbirthdays. Sometimes we put so much energy into the special days that we forget that any day has the potential to become worthy of celebration. A normal Monday can become the day that you decide to travel the world, start a passion project or work toward the job of your dreams. In this edition of MAKE, we talk to a group of people who have done just that. We’ve got a basketballer who teamed his passion for sport with his passion for helping people, an IT manager who sought sweet salvation in a career making chocolate, a young visual artist who found solace in the small things after the death of a parent, and an engineer, who gave us the inside word on an industry that's big on making change. Whether you want to upskill, get the qualifications to teach English overseas, or change your career all together, TAFE Queensland Brisbane has the course to get you there. Light the sparklers, turn up the music, and make this week your week. Enrolments are open and we can’t wait to meet you. Now is the perfect time to Make Change Happen.

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CONTRIBUTORS Editor in Chief

Kate Smith

Senior Designer Nella Picon Editors

Shannon Morris


Alita Pashley

Brett Richards

Lucy Geraghty

All information was accurate at time of publication; however, TAFE Queensland policies, tuition fees and course content are subject to change without notice.


It’s time we celebrate the doers. The builders, the bakers, the fancy clothes-makers. The picture takers and flower bunchers, city makers and number crunchers. The protectors, the nurturers, the entertainers, and the people who make us all look beautiful. The upskillers, the room chillers, and the all-important pollution killers. The mariners and miners, mechanics and medics, the graziers and glaziers, and people who just amaze you. You’re the people who make the world turn. You’re the people who make great happen.



04. POCKET ROCKET PICTURES Georgia Hoare’s tiny landscapes are changing the way we think about art and travel


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Rylin Richardson is imagining the Brisbane of tomorrow, one road at a time

05. COURTSIDE CLASSROOMS David Yohan is using PAWES to engage with the community

06. TEACHING THE TEACHERS Jo Kwai is changing the lives of her students with language

06. EVENT CALENDAR Keep up-to-date with what's happening on our campuses

07. PIECE OF CAKE IT professional switches from screens to sweets

+ A delicious chocolat e recipe

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FROM LITTLE THINGS Georgia Hoare has visited the Pyramids of Giza, the Bondi pools, a desert oasis, and even the moon, all without leaving her home. Like most young people, Georgia had no idea what she wanted to do after school, but it was the solace of using art to recreate memories she shared with her late father that led her to pursue her dream job. “I bought a camera to go travelling with, but instead of saving up for my trip I just kept buying more camera gear. I really loved taking photos, but didn’t think I’d ever do it as a job,” she said. “Then my dad passed away and my granddad said to me ‘you need to do something with your life otherwise you’ll

waste it’. So I enrolled in the Diploma of Photo Imaging, was studying two months later, and then went on to complete my Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.”

“It started as a token to my dad, just a few little pieces of sand and a toy car, because he used to take me four-wheel-driving on the beach,” she said.

It was her love of landscape photography, the romanticism of foreign lands, and memories of her childhood that first sparked an idea of recreating scenes in miniature.

“I like being able to imagine places far away or recreate something I know well, like Jimmy’s in the Mall. I’m hoping to use the photographs to get into advertising, because as a piece of art it really stands out and makes you take notice.”

The tiny landscapes, painstakingly crafted with sand, miniature figurines, cement, matchsticks, and toy cars can take anywhere from a day to three weeks to build.

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FORWARD THINKING Engineering solves a lot of issues and can teach you how to solve problems, not just at work but also in life.

MAPPING OUT OUR FUTURE If you want to know what the future holds, ask an engineer. As a project manager at Brisbane City Council, TAFE Queensland Brisbane graduate and 2015 Alumnus of the Year, Rylin Richardson, has a unique perspective on what the future holds for his adopted city. Originally hailing from South Africa, Rylin said it was his desire to make a difference that drew him to engineering. “I wanted to build roads, build economies, and see cities grow,” he said. “Where I’m from, it’s not as big as Australia, so it’s definitely an achievement for me to see that I’m making a difference.” For Rylin, one of the main perks of the industry is being able to predict what those differences will be, to best future-proof our cities for a growing population, aging infrastructure, and changing technologies. “I get to see a lot of 20 and 30 year plans, so I get an idea of what’s going to happen in the future and it makes things very interesting,” he said.

“What I’ve noticed being in the workforce is the emergence of 3D modelling and visualisation. “It’s changing the way we look at building roads and imagining cities. It’s definitely something that needs to be looked at by students coming into engineering.” And his words of advice for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in engineering? Network and be open-minded. “Be open to criticism and suggestions and push for as much knowledge as possible. Engineering solves a lot of issues and can teach you how to solve problems, not just at work but also in life.”

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There are certain things that you should never keep to yourself and wisdom is one of them. Experience is another one. They are things that don’t cost you anything.

NOTHING BUT NET There’s one thing that keeps bringing David Yohan back to basketball – once on the court, everyone is equal.

Having emigrated from Ethiopia with his mother at 12, David’s first experience with basketball was asking in broken English if he could join a game being played on his street. From that point on he played everyday. If the other kids weren’t there, he’d shoot hoops with his soccer ball in the neighbour’s driveway all night. “I got in trouble in the classroom and everywhere else because I struggled,” he said. “I didn’t learn to read and write until I was much older, but on the court, or on the sports field, or the running track, it was different. It didn’t matter if I was poor, it didn’t matter if I could read or write, it was about the effort I put in. For me it was an equaliser. It gave me something to do and it saved my life.” Now the founder of volunteer organisation PAWES (Providing Awareness With Education and Sport), he’s able to offer the same lifeline to youth he sees going down the same path. After completing a Diploma in Sport and Recreation and following it up with a Diploma of Community Services, David began to build the foundation of what would eventually become PAWES. “I saw the courts I used to play on become dangerous. The next generation were falling into the same cracks that I had,” he said. “I quit work, and for two years I went to this park and began to play basketball with these kids and they would listen because I was teaching them fun stuff.” Through word of mouth the crowds swelled from 100 kids to almost 350. Though if you ask the humble coach, his students are teaching him as much as he is them. “I’m not an expert, I just like to help people. It’s about doing the right thing and I’m learning that from them as I go,” he said.

To learn more about PAWES find them on Facebook at PAWES (Hoop Dreamz family).

“Some of the really young kids I’ve coached have graduated and they are genuinely good people and they are going to be successful because of that. That’s what’s important. That’s why I do it.”

Are you interested in working with youth, in the disability sector, or in mental health? Enrolments are open now for mid-year starters. Visit our website at for more information.

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FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING When Jo Kwai talks about her job, her whole face lights up. I’ve learnt that even when we don’t have a common language we can always communicate by smiling. Getting an education can be the first stepping-stone in the rest of your life.

A teacher at TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Jo’s primary focus has been educating migrants and refugees in the Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP) and Skills for Education and Employment (SEE), as well as international students who have come to Brisbane to learn English. “It’s so satisfying watching my students progress and seeing their confidence grow,” she said. “They’re all self-motivated and they never take education for granted. There’s been a sacrifice made and I think that sacrifice is the crux of what makes these programs so important. “They all have different stories and cultures. I’ve learnt that even when we don’t have a common language we can always communicate by smiling. Getting an education can be the first stepping stone to the rest of your life.” Now lending her skills to TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s TESOL course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), she’s able to train the next generation of teachers. Jo's passion for learning and passing on knowledge triggered the setup of PD Fest, a conference aimed at sharing skills and bringing together the latest in teaching English to speakers of other languages. The “passion project”, which started as a small gathering of teachers 14 years ago, has now grown to sellout crowds and led her to receive the John Gallagher Professional Bursary, an award handed out the sector’s national peak body, English Australia, for outstanding commitment to the industry. “We have so many talented teachers in this sector and we all have different creative ideas on how to best teach,” she said. “I think the more we can share the better the student experience will be. At the end of the day that’s why we’re all here.”


WHAT'S ON CRE8 MID-YEAR EXHIBITION JUNE 8 5.30 PM – 8.30 PM Celebrate the achievements of the mid-year graduates in visual arts, graphic design, photo imaging, and fashion design at TAFE Queensland Brisbane as they showcase their final creative works as students of TAFE Brisbane. §§ South Bank campus, C Block Auditorium, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane

CRE8 “OPEROSE” FASHION PARADE JUNE 14    5.30 PM – 9 PM Come along to a night of fashion and flair as millinery and fashion students from TAFE Queensland Brisbane showcase their designs. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. §§ Mt Gravatt campus, B1 Stage/Catwalk, 1030 Cavendish Road, Mt Gravatt

BACHELOR OF APPLIED MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SESSION JUNE 16 6 PM – 7.30 PM Further your career with the Bachelor of Applied Management delivered in partnership with Federation University Australia. It’s university thinking with TAFE hands-on learning – the smart choice for busy professionals. §§ South Bank campus, C Block Auditorium, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane

MID-YEAR ORIENTATION JULY 4 – 8 ALL DAY EVENT Visit our basecamps, a one-stop shop for students who need help, advice, or just a place to take a breath. Learn about campus life and how to get study support. §§ All TAFE Queensland Brisbane campuses,

THE TERTIARY STUDIES EXPO (TSXPO) JULY 16 – 17 10 AM – 4 PM Australia's largest tertiary studies expo is for senior school students, parents, career seekers, and mature age and prospective post-graduate students. §§ Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills

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Harry Ting’s curiosity has led him around the globe. After leaving behind graphic design in his early 20s, Harry pursued a career in IT, which saw him leave his homeland of Malaysia for an IT management role for World Vision in East Timor.

And now he's aimed his sights squarely on the World Chocolate Masters competition.

“It was actually quite a challenging environment and I was doing a whole bunch of things that I’ve never done before,” he said. “We went on site to set up a satellite dish because there was no internet connection. Every few weeks staff had to drive three hours to the main office just to deliver a report. It was great being able to make such an instant change.”

“It wasn’t until we had our first chocolate class where we built a chocolate sculpture that I started looking at the industry differently. It’s something that really triggered my artistic side,” he said.

After moving to Brisbane to pursue his masters in IT in 2009, he landed an internship as a senior programmer.

His prize-winning submission included a chocolate showpiece, inspired by Maori culture, two large and two small entremet cakes, and 16 handmade chocolates.

The seasoned career changer believes that while it can be scary making a leap into the unknown, for him, not achieving your life goals is even scarier – cue his move into a Certificate IV in Patisserie at TAFE Queensland Brisbane, South Bank, which he completed late last year.

“Every night I had to stay up until midnight because I had to practice and practice. I was giving away cakes and chocolates to everyone, all my friends and colleagues loved it,” he said.

“I don’t know how I landed on patisserie, but I just really love eating and I’ve always loved cooking so I had to give it a go.”

“I love connecting people with inspirational sweets. People are taking something you’ve made and putting it into their body. It’s about creating connections with friends, family and even strangers and creating an experience that’s about more than just shoving something into your mouth.

And already it’s paid off, with Harry being named Patisserie Student of the Year for 2015.

For me that is what it’s all about. If I can do that for a living I think I’ll be able to die peacefully.”

“I was asking myself ‘if I die tomorrow will I have really done what I want to do?’,” he said.

Harry's handmade

passion fruit crème chocolates Passion fruit Ganache

Chocolate Mould



100g fresh passion fruit puree 20g glucose 42g cream 210g white couverture chocolate 7g cocoa butter 28g unsalted butter

150g tempered milk chocolate

Instructions 1. Place white chocolate in a bowl. 2. Bring the puree, cream, and glucose to a boil in a saucepan. 3. Pour it over the white chocolate and cocoa butter. 4. Stir with a spatula until all is emulsified evenly. 5. Set aside to cool.

instructions 1. Spread a thin layer of milk chocolate inside the mould and let the chocolate set. 2. Pipe passion fruit ganache into the chocolate mould. 3. When the ganache is set, seal the chocolate mould with milk chocolate. 4. Leave the mould at room temperate to set. 5. Unmould chocolates.

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TAMARA from PT Teacher to Film Maker


MAKE Issue 7 - Make Change Happen  
MAKE Issue 7 - Make Change Happen