FORMER Mandurah junior councillors took a trip down memory lane earlier this month at a special reunion at the Sebel Hotel.
Past and present junior councillors shared stories about their time on the council, including major issues of the day and how being a councillor helped shape their current career path.
Mandurah Junior Council started in 1985 and operated for several years with a formal relationship with the Shire of Mandurah.
In 2002, it resumed as a collaboration with the Education Department’s PEAC program and the City of Mandurah until 2007 when the City resumed responsibility.
Today’s Junior Council is represented by every primary school in Mandurah, comprising 38 councillors including Junior Mayor and Junior Deputy Mayor.
The council was created to give young people a voice in the community and provide an insight into how local government works.
Members develop important skills including debating, speech writing, team work and community decision making during their 12-month tenure.
The reunion was attended by former junior councillors Vikki Launders (1986) and Shannon O’Brien (2010).
Ms Launders worked for the CSIRO before starting her own business and Ms O’Brien was head girl at Mandurah Catholic College before being award a leadership scholarship at UWA.
Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams was also a junior councillor before running youth leadership and community programs and winning Western Australian of the Year Youth Award in 2015.