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Aquaponics Anonymous

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Aquaponics Anonymous proposed small-scale satellite aquaponic farms across Greater Sydney, producing organic food locally, providing food security, reducing food miles and saving water.

Developed by Edward Baker, Ben Lorschy, Hannah Kingsmill and Averlie Wang the farms could have an abundance of positive impacts for the environment and communities.

An additional benefit of the aquaponics is their proximity to cities. There is currently a huge undersupply of agricultural labour and knowledge, as seen by the amount of jobs available for agricultural graduates.

The concept could also address job demand in the sector and people might be happier working in their own community as opposed to regional Australia.

The judges applauded the focus on ‘localness’, providing small-scale satellite aquaponic farms across our global city to produce organic food locally, provide food security, reduce food miles and save water. This was an innovative solution with a good ethical argument and discussion around sustainability, an interesting space to explore.

Meet the team

Averlie Wang

I’m Averlie, an Economics Honours student at the University of Sydney, also majoring in French and Chinese. I am passionate about promoting sustainable change through the commercial landscape and leveraging green technologies to improve common business practices. My vision involves helping Australia reach a balanced growth path where our economic goals align with our climate targets. I loved working with my team, Aquaponics Anonymous, and our interdisciplinary collaboration helped me become a more well-rounded person. Our project allowed me to better understand what sustainability can look like in Sydney in the future, and I will continue to drive this change through my future career.

Ben Lorschy

I’m Ben, a third year Business (Business Analytics)/Advanced Studies (Economics) student at the University of Sydney. I’m interested in using data-driven insights to better understand economic policy and research. I have enjoyed work experience in both marketing and data analyst roles that assisted with the presentation and research skills required for our submission. My passions include surfing and playing basketball in my off time. I look forward to seeing the future plans of the GSC come to fruition to make our city even better.

Hannah Kingsmill

I’m Hannah, an International and Global Studies and English literature student at the University of Sydney. I’m currently completing my honours thesis on food security and food sovereignty in Timor-Leste. I work at Urban Green Sydney, an urban farm based in Barangaroo, where I manage the team’s marketing and social media, as well as working in sales and product development. I also recently launched a small business, Circolare Club, which is Australia’s first personalised closed loop fashion swap system, that aims to make sustainable fashion simple, accessible, and fun. I am deeply passionate about sustainability, with a focus on intersectional environmental justice.

Edward Barker

I'm Edward, a fourth year Animal Veterinary Bioscience student at the University of Sydney undertaking my honours in the area of induced pluripotent stem cells. I have a keen interest in nuanced agricultural practices that can meet current demands whilst establishing sustainable systems for the future. These systems have enormous potential, however they require collaboration from individuals across multiple disciplines and sectors in order to create effective and efficient establishment. I really enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the Young Changemakers Challenge as it gave my team and I the opportunity to develop an idea and develop it comprehensively and holistically.

Submission video


Veena Sahajwalla

UNSW - School of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’ at the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre, where she is Founding Director.

Professor Veena is the inventor of polymer injection technology, known as green steel, an eco-friendly process for using recycled tyres in steel production.

In 2018, Veena launched the world's first e-waste MICROfactorieTM and in 2019 she launched her plastics and Green Ceramics MICROfactoriesTM, a recycling technology breakthrough.

Emma Herd

EY - Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services and former Environment Commissioner

Emma is an EY Oceania, Climate Change and Sustainability Partner. She is a skilled professional with 20 years’ experience in climate change and sustainability practice. Emma is a known figure in the Australian and global climate change arena having worked within business and industry associations.

Emma has direct experience in the development and delivery of commercial climate change finance and investment solutions as well as in campaign and political advocacy strategies. Emma has been directly involved in the development of global climate investment and advocacy programs.

Emma is a regular media contributor on climate matters, and a respected voice on climate transition implications for business.