Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year

Nominee

2019 QLD Australian of the Year Nominee

Mr Tony Sharp

State: Queensland

Tony Sharp is a social entrepreneur turning e-trash into e-treasure. His innovation, Substation33, recycles electronics waste, resulting in only 8% going into landfill. Substation33 develops new products from recycled materials and has provided over 150 first-time jobs to unemployed members of the community. Tony is a generous, incredibly hard-working problem-solver.

Tony Sharp is a social entrepreneur turning e-trash into e-treasure. His innovation, Substation33, recycles electronic waste, resulting in only 8% going into landfill – with steel, plastic, copper and electronics components resold and repurposed for new uses.

Tony established a specialist team to develop products from recycled materials; such as electric bikes powered by recycled laptop batteries, and flood warning signs which won an Engineers Australia award for innovation. In addition, Substation33 has provided over 150 first-time jobs and vital skills to unemployed members of the community.

Tony is keen to encourage other entrepreneurs and runs two hackathons each year; one for social start-ups and the other for Engineers Without Borders. He also offers an incubator space for young engineers to work on their ideas for free.

Tony has solved an environmental problem and provided meaningful work and skills for the Logan community. Generous, positive and incredibly hard-working, Tony is selfless in his commitment to his community.

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