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Young Changemakers Challenge

Explore the plans

  • Infrastructure
  • Liveability
  • Productivity
  • Sustainability
  • All
A city supported by infrastructureInfrastructure
A collaborative cityCollaboration
A city for peoplePeople
Housing the cityHousing
A city of great placesPlaces
A well connected cityConnected
Jobs and skills for the cityJobs
A city in its landscapeLandscape
An efficient cityEfficiency
A resilient cityResilience

The Young Changemakers Challenge was launched by the Greater Sydney Commission for young people to tackle real-world issues and help shape the future of Greater Sydney.

To support the challenge, our Youth Panel prepared papers on three issues impacting young people today which formed the competition categories:

Young people were asked to respond to these challenges with innovative solutions. Their ideas were progressed with the support of industry and government mentors, and then pitched to a panel of expert judges.


  • Sarah Cruickshank - Deputy Secretary, Transformation, Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Lisa Lewis - Central City District Representative, Youth Panel
  • Kate Munro - CEO, Youth Action
  • Margy Osmond - CEO, Tourism & Transport Forum
  • Geoff Roberts AM - Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
  • Zoe Whitton - Executive Director, Pollination

Winning Ideas

Housing and Liveability

Team Contained

A community shipping container housing scheme providing affordable housing for low-income earners.

Environmental Sustainability

Aquaponics Anonymous

A small-scale satellite aquaponic farms producing organic food locally.


Youth Employment Skills (YES)

A government-subsidised training and experience program free to students.