A NEW civic leader has donned mayoral robes with Parktone Primary School pupil Alice Roberts elected Kingston’s new junior mayor.
Alice won office after pupils from primary schools across the municipality voted for the best two-minute speech delivered to a room of more than 300 people.
The junior mayor program is sponsored by Chelsea Rotary Club and has been running for more than five decades.
Kingston Council has also introduced a junior council this year, enabling nine youngsters to learn about local government.
“Council is very proud to continue its long and unique tradition of electing a junior mayor and the introduction of the junior council,” Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos said.
“The program aims to educate and engage young people about how local government works and how they can get involved and make a difference in our community.
“It also provides support and experience to our next generation of leaders.”
Joining Alice on junior council are:
- Keira Wilson, Cheltenham East Primary School
- Tori Edmunds, Kingston Heath Primary School
- Ella MacDonald, Aspendale Primary School
- Mia Espinoza, St Joseph.s Primary School
- Tom Curtin-Daffy, Aspendale Gardens Primary School
- Amelia Lea, Dingley Primary School
- Jesse Thomas, Southmoor Primary School
- Mali Sullivan, Moorabbin Primary School
“Congratulations to this very impressive group of young people, we look forward to having them involved in a range of community events throughout the year,” Cr Staikos said.