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Young Changemakers Challenge gives voice to young future-makers

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Three bold ideas from young people in Greater Sydney have won the inaugural Young Changemakers Challenge. Convened by the Greater Sydney Commission's Youth Panel, the challenge was laid down to young Sydneysiders to tackle real-world issues and help shape the future of Greater Sydney.

Challenge finalists proposed innovative solutions in the categories of housing and liveability, environmental sustainability and employment. The solutions were developed with the support of industry and government mentors, and pitched to an expert panel this week.  

The winners were: 

YES (Youth Employment Skills) 

YES is a government-subsidised training and experience program, free to students from years 10-12, that aims to bring together industries, young people, employers and employees to help solve the issue of the rising rates of youth unemployment. 

Contained  

Contained is a community container housing scheme: a low-cost solution repurposing and fitting out disused shipping containers to provide affordable housing for low-income earners.    

Aquaponic Anonymous  

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

The judging panel included members of the Commission's Youth Panel, government, youth and the climate change sector.  

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

The Greater Sydney Commission will support the winners through publicising their solutions and, where possible, providing advice towards implementation.