Junior mayors have big plans for Mandurah

Junior deputy mayor Isabella Pustkuchen (11) and junior mayor Charlie Dann (13). Picture: Jon Hewson
Junior deputy mayor Isabella Pustkuchen (11) and junior mayor Charlie Dann (13). Picture: Jon Hewson

Charlie Dann and Isabella Pustkuchen have ideas about how to make Mandurah a better town and they aren’t afraid to voice them.

‘I speak in front of the school every fortnight as a representative on the student council,’ Charlie said.

‘We have had three meetings; so far, we had David Templeman come in to talk about elections.’

Charlie comes from an indigenous background and is passionate about indigenous issues.

‘I’d like to see a change in Mandurah’s indigenous children,’ he said. ‘A lot of indigenous youth in Mandurah are getting into the wrong stuff.

‘So I’d like to see more fundraising and change.’

Charlie’s Aboriginal heritage is from the Nui Nui tribe in Broome and he is third in line for the eldership.

‘In Broome, it’s all about your cultural background,’ he said.

‘I’ve gone back to our land and I am learning about the Nui Nui people. ‘There is a lot more indigenous culture in Broome.’

Isabella has an aim to reduce vandalism in Mandurah.’If you’re driving down the street a lot of walls are covered in spray-paint and not nice words,’ she said.

‘It makes Mandurah look bad.

‘I’d like to talk to people my age about vandalism.’

Both children thanked their mothers for driving them to all their meetings.