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New Junior Mayor to be elected in Youth Week

8 April 2016

Kingston youngsters will get the chance to vote for the new Junior Mayor during National Youth Week celebrations.

Kingston’s Junior Mayor program gives local primary school students a chance to develop their interest in the democratic process and builds leadership skills such as speech writing and public speaking.

Each year a grade six student is elected Junior Mayor of the City of Kingston. The election process involves local primary schools each nominating one pupil who makes a two minute speech. Each of the nominated students then vote for their favourite presentation.

Twenty-seven local primary schools will take part in this year’s Junior Mayor elections, which will be held on Thursday 14 April at the LF Payne Chelsea Town Hall.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said the Junior Mayor program has been running for over 50 years and is sponsored by the Chelsea Rotary Club.

“The Junior Mayor program gives primary school students a taste of public life and highlights the importance of engaging in the political process from a young age,” Cr Bearsley said.

“Council is very proud to continue its long and unique tradition of electing a Junior Mayor. 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.”

The Junior Mayor, who receives junior mayoral robes, chains and $200 for their school from the Chelsea Rotary Club, is called on to assist the Mayor at a range of official Council events.

The new Junior Mayor will replace outgoing Junior Mayor Jasmine Warber from St John Vianney's Primary School.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley thanked Jasmine for being an outstanding Junior Mayor during the past 12 months. “Jasmine has been an asset to the community and an absolute pleasure to work with and I thank her for her contribution and commitment to Kingston.”

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