Humaneity – The Tiny House Project


Founded in 1990, Helensvale State High School caters for approximately 2600 students from Year 7 to Year 12 on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Humaneity and Helensvale State High School forged a partnership in mid 2016. This partnership was created to establish a collaboration community at the school. This collaboration community was created to give students real world experiences in working with businesses and community groups.

The Tiny House Project is the first collaboration project created at the school through this partnership. The goals of the project include allowing students to design, build and have an impact on where a Tiny House could be used in the local community.

Project Aims

Education Focus The Tiny House Project allows teachers and students the opportunity to be involved in a creative learning process. A real life project right inside the school where students from many classes can learn about sustainable living.

Positive Social Impact. The Tiny House Project is focused on creating a positive social impact for our community. The project team is looking at various ways the Tiny Houses made at the school could potentially be used for Homeless Shelters or to serve as transition housing for survivors of Domestic Violences situations.

Commercial Opportunity. With affordable housing being such a hot topic in Australia there is a real opportunity to turn this project into a commercial enterprise. Students could learn to start a business and be involved in every aspect of marketing and economic sustainability of this project.


Mark Blackshaw – Executive Principal

“This is an exciting opportunity for our students to connect with the community, to collaborate, innovate and learn by doing. By creating the Humaneity Collaboration Community it positions the school as a nucleus for community learning, engagement and collaboration.

“We want to provide a place where people can interact and grow and this goes to the heart of what we believe community must be about. I encourage our community to become involved and to come learn with us.”

Mark Philpott – Founder @ CEO Humaneity

“ I simply want to show everyone the absolute power of effective collaboration. Also to provide young people with an opportunity to get up a close and personal with real world projects. Our project also aims to engage the community and to give students the extra incentive to work alongside potential employers, and seasoned industry professionals”

Humaneity Inspired Living – Tiny House Team

Graeme Cook

A local real estate agent Graeme Cook : He is passionate about building and selling ‘Tiny Houses’ as well as  putting together Australia’s First “Tiny Villages”

Matthew Webster

With many years experience in the Modular building industry Matthew joins our team as the LEAD builder. Matthew has recently launched his own company called EcoSpace Solutions based in Brisbane.  QBCC License no 15024773.

Shereen Tanwan 

Shereen joins our team as the exclusive interior designer on the project. Silver Pink Designs is Sheerens business and whilst very passionate about design, Sheeren is very interested to see what she can create in a small space. This project is her first in the Tiny House world.

Marlon Pueblos

Marlon heralds from the Philippines but is now living and working at TAFE Gold Coast teaching design. Marlon’s passion for this project includes several key areas. Design and Social Impact. Marlon is a key member of our team, his drive, passion and sometimes ‘funny’ jokes makes you want to come back for more.

Katie Robinson

Although I graduated with a degree in architectural design many moons ago, my interests predominately lie in travel, culture, and the natural environment. From my first meeting with the Tiny House project, I have never felt such a buzz of energy from a room full of people from all walks of life sharing the same ideals and values as me, namely the fundamental notion of community, and living off the land in a sustainable manner. I am excited to see this ideology continue to grow organically, and the Tiny House project come to fruition, born from the collaboration of passionate like-minded people! I love the idea of working with the younger generation, so Helensvale High School is the perfect fit.

Keith O’Connor

When I first saw the meet-up for Tiny House group I wasn’t sure what we would find. I had missed out on attending a tiny house meeting in Brisbane the previous year, and had a general interest in “all things tiny”. I view them as having great potential for being affordable, self sufficient energy-wise, community-enhancing living quarters. Since that first meeting, what has struck me is the energy and the drive of many in the group. I feel like this is a group that is going to finish what they have started. More recently I have thought about the possibilities of the group expanding beyond its current location and purposes and this possibility excites me. Tiny houses could be a way of improving our society; socially, environmentally and in the community. I suppose this is what inspires me, to be part of something that is bigger (or tinier!), and better than myself..

Susan Tong

Susan is a member of the Humaneity Volunteer Team and is responsible for building Partnerships with organisations who want to support the Tiny House project.

Ryan Mount

We met Ryan at the Australian Industry Trade College in Robina on the Gold Coast in Australia. Ryan is a sixteen year old with big ambitions. His dream in life is to be a professional Motorcross rider. While Ryan is pursuing the path to make his dream come true he has joined our team to put his great skills to work in helping our team build a Tiny House.