Georgia Leak appointed city’s new Junior Mayor

GEORGIA Leak of Miami State High School was today officially sworn in as 2014 City of Gold Coast Junior Council Mayor. 

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates, who presented the incoming Junior Council with their badges, said they represented 25 schools across the Gold Coast.

“We value the contribution young people make to our city. Junior Council is a more formal approach to capture their voices and in turn demonstrate our support for young people,” Cr Gates said.


“The benefits of Junior Council are many. We learn from our Junior Council members and they learn from us.

“All members join for two years and during that time they learn about our system of government and further develop leadership, team work and public speaking skills.

“It gives us a youth perspective on our city’s priorities and our economic, environmental, social and cultural present and future,” she said.

Keiarn Chesebro of Palm Beach Currumbin State High School is the Deputy Junior Mayor and the executive team includes:

  • David Chien, Trinity Lutheran College
  • Lucy Koschel, Marymount College
  • Taya Oxenham, Marymount  College
  • Shania Rhodes, Nerang State High School
  • Emily Donly, Hillcrest Christian College
  • Lara Filmer, Southport State High School
  • Rose Lopez, Aquinas College
  • James Pene, Assisi Catholic College

“I think I can safely say the executive members are thrilled and agree it is a great honour to be elected by their peers to represent the youth of our city,” said Cr Gates.

“About 100 students took part in the election. I am sure the Junior Mayor, Deputy Mayor and executive team will be diligent in the work they do over the next year and will represent the young people of our city well.”

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