Past youth projects

people in pickling workshop with fresh vegetable display

The City of Unley works closely with young people, providing opportunities to be involved in creating their future in our City. 

Check out examples of recent youth projects below. 

Fish Tank 2022

Congratulations to all finalists and winners

Fish Tank winners and finalists 2022

Congratulations to all the top 10 finalists for sharing their business ideas.

Our winners are:

• 12 - 17 year category 1st prize winner - Tom Pisano Doherty, 13 years

• 12 - 17 year category 2nd prize winner - Thea Economos, 15 years

• 18 - 25 year category 1st prize winner - Zoe Tiffen, 20 years

• 18 - 25 year category 2nd prize winner - @missysippyco 22 years

This is the first year Fish Tank Pitch Night was held online and face-to-face. It was great to have young people participate via zoom.

Thank you to our sponsors Business SA, SAYES and Rotary Club of Unley. 

Design-athon School Competition 2021

On Wednesday 3 November 2021, the Living Young Reference Group lead a new youth development initiative, Design-athon School Competition.

Participating local secondary schools included Concordia College, Adelaide, Glenunga International High School, Unley High School and Walford Anglican School for Girls.

They came together to challenge their students to design projects that the Council could implement to support young people's mental health and well-being.

Each school had time to problem solve, design a civic project and present their innovative idea to a panel of judges.

Congratulations to the winning school, Concordia College. They now get the chance to present their project idea to Council in 2022 for consideration.

Concordia team winners of design-athon 2021.jpg

Living Green Youth Challenge 2021

The Living Young Reference Group delivered their first pilot project for young people – the Living Green Youth Challenge – in April 2021.

The school holiday project included a series of free workshops for young people aged 12 – 25 years, focussing on gardening, recycled art, sustainable fashion, beeswax wraps, cooking/ pickling and other skill builders for young people to learn new good habits for sustainability.

Most of the workshops were booked out and the young people in attendance learnt valuable skills.

The Living Green Youth Challenge started as an idea from the Reference Group and became a reality with the dedication of our youth volunteers. A sub-group of volunteers was formed where the young people planned the workshops, participated in event styling training, selected event styling pieces, set-up each workshop space, assisted at the registration desk and even handmade specialty name tags for each participant to wear and take home.  

Man and young girl re-potting seedling plants      Workshop topics included:
  • learning to grow vegetables in pots
  • learning how to make beeswax wraps
  • discovering the art of pickling
  • creating recycled collage art and
  • remaking clothing into sustainable fashion.

Fish Tank 2019

Following an evening of live pitches in front of a judging panel, the City for Unley is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Fish Tank competition.

1st prize in the 12 to 17-year category went to the ‘Offolio Zon’ team. Aria, Lucy, Parnia and Adem are winners for their product pitch of an iPhone phone case with inbuilt solar panels for charging.

2nd prize in the 12 to 17-year category went to the ‘Living on the Edge’ team. Anannya and Elise pitched their initiative of utilising blank walls in Unley by installing living murals made from colourful potted plants.

In the 18 to 25-year category, 1st prize went to ‘Local Threads’. James and Kenji inspired the judges with their online website dedicated to giving small Australian clothing brands a platform to sell their unseen fashion.

2nd prize in the 18 to 25-year category, went to the creator of ‘Lycan Soap’. Charlie’s hand-made medicinal soap and shampoo bars are for both people and animals. Low eco-impact and versatility were key considerations for Charlie when developing his products.


Thanks to our sponsors Business SA and Rotary Club of Unley for their valued support. Winners will enjoy prizes including a Futurepreneurs Launchpad mentoring package, workshop and mentoring support from Business SA SAYES and seed money of up to $500 to further develop their business.

Thank you to all entrants and congratulations to the finalists who were invited to pitch their Fish Tank ideas to a live audience last week. It’s wonderful to see that entrepreneurship is alive and well among Unley’s youth!