Sam Messina

Murwillumbah, New South Wales

Green artisan and businessman

Designer and skateboarder Sam has turned his lifelong passion into a business that is not only green but can generate jobs and help at-risk youth. He salvages skateboards otherwise bound for landfill and converts them into distinctive jewellery and homewares. The grant has enabled Sam to buy machinery to speed up production, so he can eventually provide employment for local people and start a program to support at-risk youth through skateboard donations: “I like to think I’m doing my bit to change people’s shopping habits in our throwaway society and promoting Australian-made products and small businesses.”