SOUTH Halls Primary School student Lilli Richards is the new junior Mayor of Mandurah.
Her deputy is Penelope Stone from Frederick Irwin Anglican School.
The two were chosen at a ceremony at the City of Mandurah last Thursday.
This year, 23 junior councillors nominated for the positions and each candidate gave a one-minute pitch about why they should be chosen for the top job.
Mayor Rhys Williams said the junior council was a unique initiative that gave young people a chance to learn about local government and voice their opinions.
“As a former junior councillor, I understand the value of this special program and believe it is a great platform to nurture young leaders,’’ he said.
“The junior council has certainly evolved since my time; it was established in 1985 and now consists of 38 Year 6 students from 19 primary schools.”