Junior Councillors perform to spruik anti-litter message

 Guest speaker, David Templeman MLA, with Junior Councillors at the last Junior Council meeting on August 27.

Guest speaker, David Templeman MLA, with Junior Councillors at the last Junior Council meeting on August 27.

The 2015 Mandurah Junior Council want your help to make a change towards a clean city.

After identifying littering as a priority issue among young people, the Junior Council, with help from the City of Mandurah’s Youth Development Team, developed an anti-littering campaign to create a clean, litter-free community.

The Junior Council’s Clean City, Cool City campaign will use a range of activities to bring awareness to young people and their families about the impact of littering.

Junior Councillors are spreading the message through the Are You Smarter Than A Litterer play, which was performed at the Perth and Peel Kids Teaching Kids conference in Mandurah last week, and at the Mandurah Children’s Festival in October.

The Clean City, Cool City project will also partner with the Mandurah Environment and Heritage Group, and Keep Australia Beautiful Council to help reach more young people.

Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone said the Junior Council’s anti-littering campaign was a great initiative that encouraged young people in Mandurah to be proactive about cleaning up their city.

“It always amazes me the amount of drive and passion local young people have for their community, and the Junior Council’s Clean City, Cool City project is another fine example of this,” Mayor Vergone said.

“The anti-litter campaign is a great way to highlight the importance of creating a clean, rubbish-free community amongst our young citizens.”

The City of Mandurah Junior Council began in 2002 to give young people a voice in the community and provide an insight into local government. The group now consists of representatives from 19 primary schools in Mandurah who develop skills including debating, speech writing, team work and community decision making during their 12 month tenures.