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Are you ready to be the Lord of cool? Show who’s boss?

Enter the Junior Lord Mayor Competition 2021 to rock the gold mayoral chains!

Entry is free, for students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 (or aged 9 to 13).

From up to seven finalists, an overall winner is chosen — the 2021 Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne — at a judging ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall.

Her or His Worship holds the ceremonial title for a year — getting to rock mayoral robes and gold chains, march with competition finalists in the Moomba Parade, perform official and fun duties with Lord Mayor Sally Capp and more! And, how cool would "Junior Lord Mayor" look on your resume?

Now in its ninth year, the Melbourne Day Committee-run competition aims to raise awareness about Melbourne and our city's incredible Aboriginal history and culture — and instil civic pride by highlighting our journey since being founded on 30 August 1835.

"It's such an important program for helping people understand how the city works." —  Lord Mayor Sally Capp

The judging panel includes:

Celebrate 186 years

30 August 2021

We lve Melbourne

Get your free cupcakes on Monday, 30 August 2021 – to celebrate our city's 186th birthday.

We skipped last year's party and traditional flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park because of COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, but we're making it up to you this year – get two cupcakes, thanks to Ferguson Plarre!

Celebrate what's great AND Melbourne's fascinating indigenous culture and heritage.

Check back soon for more details.

How we celebrated last year – on the couch at your place

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Hook Turn maestro: Honk if you see chairman Campbell Walker's 4WD "Melbourne Day-mobile".

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The changing face of Victoria virtual tour

The State Library's exhibition has been transformed into a virtual tour to explore online. Learn about the spirit of activism and invention, and its impact on modern Victoria, through four everyday themes: water, workers’ rights, camping and coffee.

On showcase are more than 150 objects, artworks and photographs that reveal the large and small ways you can make a difference in shaping our world. 90 per cent of these items have never been exhibited before.

Celebrating Australia Day

Australia Day 2021 BBQ in Port Melbourne

Melbourne Day committee member and Australia Day Ambassador Claude Lombard attended a community BBQ in Port Melbourne, urging Australians to celebrate the "great story" of our nation.

Claude, the managing director of Lombard The Paper People, says Australia Day is a time to reflect on our nation's proud and ancient history, its achievements and its people.

"We're all a part of the great story of Australia," he says.

Claude Lombard at the Australia Day BBQ 2021 in Port Melbourne
Claude wins the BBQ thong-throwing competition.

Melburnian of the Year Professor Doug Hilton AO

Prof Doug Hilton: Melburnian of the Year 2020

Molecular biologist Professor Douglas Hilton AO is Melburnian of the Year 2020 in recognition of his work in health and medical research, as well as his advocacy for diversity and inclusion, and gender equality in science.

Now in its 17th year, the Melbourne Awards celebrate the inspirational achievements of people and organisations whose passion and commitment have helped make Melbourne one of the most liveable cities in the world.

The awards, started in 2005 by Melbourne Day Committee and the City of Melbourne, have expanded to celebrate significant contributions in the areas of environmental sustainability, community, multiculturalism and strengthening Melbourne's profile.

Junior Lord Mayor 2020

Congratulations to Penleigh Essendon Grammar student Alicia Gec for winning the gold mayoral chains.

Alicia, 12, edged out a strong field of finalists, chosen from a record number of entries.

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