Gold Coast has a new Junior Mayor

25 May 2016

William Choy of All Saints Anglican School has today been officially sworn in as the 2016 City of Gold Coast Junior Mayor.

Mayor Tom Tate met his junior counterpart and applauded his community spirit.

“Our Junior Council members make a valuable contribution to our community, not only in their work with Junior Council but through their active involvement at school and as volunteers,” Cr Tate said.

“They are the leaders of today and tomorrow.

“This is an opportunity for young people to learn about local government but more importantly to have their voice heard as they contribute to our city.’’

William volunteers regularly at Pindara Private Hospital and Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Care. He adds the new role as Junior Mayor to his numerous academic achievements in debating, public speaking and science. Like many Australians, William comes from a multicultural family - his father is from Hong Kong and his mother of Serbian origin.

Eshwin Rangesh, a student at Marymount College, is the new Deputy Junior Mayor. The executive team includes:

  • Alexander Gorshechnikov, Southport State High School
  • Viktor Mataroa, Upper Coomera State College
  • Jayella Nash, Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School (LORDS)
  • Emily Douglas, Queensland Academies - Health Sciences Campus
  • Logan Chesebro, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School
  • Lucy Norris-Jackson, Coombabah State High School

This year, more students and schools are participating. More than 110 students and 29  schools are taking part in what has become the largest Junior Council in Queensland and possibly Australia. Junior Council opted for high tech, high speed, voting this year.

The students all voted through a web portal delivering the campaign presentation and voting in a record two-hour session.

The Junior Council student program started in 1993 and provides an opportunity to learn about local government and to be involved in the decision-making process.

For information visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/juniorcouncil

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