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TAFE NSW Doghouse Challenge

20 August 2012

TAFE NSW Doghouse Challenge

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The TAFE NSW Doghouse Challenge celebrated its tenth anniversary in Tamworth on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August and, to add to the excitement, the team from Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens TV program were there to film all the action.

The annual Doghouse Challenge has grown to become a great mentoring and skills development opportunity for TAFE NSW students. This year students from carpentry, joinery, cabinetmaking, plumbing, shopfitting, painting and decorating, and signage courses employed their skills to craft extraordinary dog kennels.

Each team was given a materials kit generously donated by their local Bunning's Warehouse. It was then up to the students to use their specialist training and a lot of creativity to devise the winning doghouse designs and kennels.

The entries featured a dog cave, bed with kennel below, red ute, a carpenter's saw horse, castle, train, pyramid, warehouse and, of course, the local Tamworth golden guitar in tribute to the host city.

Under the vigilant eye of Better Homes and Gardens’ resident ‘chippie’, Rob Palmer, all teams received the seal of approval from local spectators and Rob’s four-legged judge who closely inspected each kennel.

The RSPCA was also a winner because TAFE NSW donated the kennels to help raise money for their essential work of finding loving homes for dogs in need.

The 2012 results were:

  • 2012 TAFE NSW Doghouse Challenge Winner: Western Sydney Institute, Mt. Druitt College, Plumbing Section
  • Runner Up: Illawarra Institute, Wollongong College, Carpentry and Painting & Decorating Sections
  • Bunning's Warehouse Award: Northern Sydney Institute, North Sydney College, Shopfitting Section
  • Most Original Award: South Western Sydney Institute, Miller College, Carpentry Section
  • Functionality Award: New England Institute, Tamworth College, Carpentry Section
  • Best Flat Pack Award: South Western Sydney Institute, Lidcombe College, Cabinetmaking Section
  • Best Decoration Award: Sydney Institute, Gymea College, Carpentry Section
  • Eco-Friendly Design: Northern Sydney Institute, Hornsby College, Carpentry Section

Check out the students in action with Rob Palmer on the photo gallery and be sure to tune in to watch Channel 7 Better Homes and Gardens on Friday 7 October at 7.30pm (AET).

More information
Adam Lucas, TAFE NSW WorldSkills, phone (02) 9643 4617.


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