Burnie High School

Burnie High student heads youth council

Burnie High School students, Chloe Lynch, elected deputy youth mayor and Oliver Fryett, elected youth mayor.  

This year's Burnie Youth Council elections took place late last month, with candidates from Burnie High School and Burnie Primary School taking out the top jobs.

The Burnie Youth Council has been running for 14 years and is made up of two representatives from each school and college in the Burnie Municipality.

Every year an election is held to determine the leadership roles within the youth council.

As part of the election process, Burnie Youth Council members prepare a short speech and present it to the group.

From this, the councillors then vote on who they believe will best fulfil the roles of youth mayor, deputy youth mayor and junior deputy youth mayor.

This year Oliver Fryett, of Burnie High School, was elected youth mayor, Chloe Lynch, also of Burnie High School, was elected deputy youth mayor and Alec Mollison, of Burnie Primary School, was elected deputy junior youth mayor.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said the Burnie Youth Council was a fantastic initiative as it provided members with a unique opportunity to participate in civic education and gain a greater understanding of local government.

"The Burnie Youth Council also provides council with valuable links and insight into the strengths and challenges of Burnie's young people," she said.

"I would like to pass on my congratulations to Oliver, Chloe and Alec on their appointments and I look forward to working with them in the future."

Last year Kate Brett, 16, of Marist Regional College, was announced as youth mayor; Riley Gray, 14, of Parklands High School, as senior deputy youth mayor; and Ruby Eglington, 11, of Montello Primary School, as junior deputy youth mayor.

Story courtesy of The Advocate.