Junior councillors a fresh voice for City of Mandurah

The 2015 junior councillors celebrate their graduation.
The 2015 junior councillors celebrate their graduation.

THIRTY-eight junior councillors signed off on a year of achievement at a graduation ceremony for the 2015 Mandurah Junior Council last week.

This year’s Junior Council, with representatives from Mandurah’s 19 primary schools, introduced the Clean City, Cool City project, aimed at increasing awareness and education about littering and pollution.

The project was showcased at Naidoc celebrations, the Perth and Peel Kids Teaching Kids Conference and the Mandurah Children’s Festival, where they performed a play called Are You Smarter than a Litterer?

The junior councillors were also inspired at the graduation ceremony by guest speakers Tom Joyner and Della Kaiser from the Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness Foundation.

Mayor Marina Vergone acknowledged the great work of the Junior Council, led by junior mayor Lilijana Nicholls and deputy junior mayor Hallie Zwerus.

“Our junior councillors have such a fresh, positive impact on our city and the way we think about doing things,” she said.

“Their anti-littering project was inspiring, and gave our young people an important platform to make their voices heard.

“These students are an asset to Mandurah.’’

It is the third year all primary schools in Mandurah have been represented, with two Year 6 students chosen from each school.

The Mandurah Junior Council started in 2002 to give young people a voice in the community.

Junior councillors learn skills such as debating, speech-writing, teamwork and decision-making.