Corio’s Farzana Hussaini, has been elected as Greater Geelong’s second Junior Mayor.
Farzana, 15, was announced as one of three Windermere Ward youth councillors last week and was voted to become Junior Mayor by fellow Youth Council members on Thursday night.
Wandana Heights resident and Kardinia Ward representative Ashley Delaney, 15, will serve alongside Farzana as Junior Deputy Mayor.
The 12 young people, aged 12-17, were inducted to the Youth Council Thursday Night after their selection earlier in the month, and will serve as an official ‘youth voice’ for Council.
The Youth Council will meet once a month at City Hall to discuss priorities including social and community connections, mental health and wellbeing, and capability; such as skill development, education and employment.
As Junior Mayor, Farzana, will appear before Council on a quarterly basis during 2020, to present the Youth Council’s findings and recommendations.
Mayoral duties also include chairing all meetings, representing the Youth Council at official functions, and acting as the group’s spokesperson.
In 2019 the Youth Council successfully presented four reports to Council, including recommendations for the City’s new Civic Precinct, and improvements to the regions bike lanes and network.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher
Well-done to Farzana and Ashley for being elected Junior Mayor and Junior Deputy Mayor respectively last night. I watched you both overcome your nerves and shine through. You showed outstanding courage and determination.
I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job leading this very bright group and we look forward to hearing from you throughout the year as you bring us the Youth Council’s ideas and recommendations.