Meet Melbourne's   new junior mayor — Daniel Lan

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Daniel Lan - Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne 2021
Watch out, litterbugs: Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne 2021 Daniel Lan

The Northside Christian College, Bundoora, student won the Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne competition, edging out four other finalists.

"I love the street vibe of Melbourne. There are so many beautiful street artworks around every corner and every alleyway," Daniel said.

"I also love the community of Melbourne. Everyone in the CBD although doesn't know each other personally, supports each other in times of need. This is the community spirit I value in Melburnians."

Daniel, 12, who's also a pianist, impressed at a judging ceremony held via video link and live streamed on the internet.

His big-ticket issues?

Cracking down on litterbugs and helping those doing it tough in lockdowns.

"There should be more emphasis on mental-health programs and helping those in need with help lines and counsellors, and foodbanks for those who need it."

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said judges were impressed by Daniel's community spirit, research, smart ideas, enthusiasm and creativity.

'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 Cr Capp and more!

Cr Capp announced finalist Joel Crothers as a Special Emissary on zero-net carbon emissions.

Joel, 12, who attends St Marks Primary School, Dingley Village, pitched the idea of cutting carbon emissions in efforts to reopen Melbourne from lockdowns.

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.

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Celebrate 186 years

30 August 2021

We lve Melbourne

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Celebrate, at home – again.

For the second consecutive year, the annual public flag-raising ceremony has been shelved because of Covid public-gathering restrictions.

It was hoped the all-clear would be given, allowing the Melbourne and Aboriginal flags to be hoisted atop the 20m flagpole at Enterprize Park on Melbourne Day, 30 August.

Instead, Melburnians are urged to celebrate at home our city's birthday, marking the occasion 186 years ago when settlers aboard the schooner Enterprize landed on the Yarra's north bank and started building the first permanent structures.

Melbourne Day festivities – and the popular oh-so-yummy Ferguson Plarre birthday cupcakes – will return next year, and at an upgraded Enterprize Park!

On 30 August raise a glass to Melbourne at home, hold a couch party with the family, or celebrate any way you can.We'll get through the Covid hiccup and Melbourne will bounce back to being marvellous like never before.

Take a selfie and post it on social media using #MelbourneDay

Updated: 26 August 2021

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

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Congrats to our new Junior Lord Mayor

Northside Christian College, Bundoora, student Daniel Lan won the competition, edging out four other finalists.

"I love the street vibe of Melbourne. There are so many beautiful street artworks around every corner and every alleyway," Daniel said.

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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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