Hooroo Perth

A BRONZE kangaroo stood in as Perth’s top official when The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of the City of London dropped by recently.

Peter Estlin, London’s 691st lord mayor, has been on a global diplomatic trip and this month his Twitter feed has been filled with pictures of him alongside elected officials.

• It’s handshakes with elected officials around the world – except Perth.

In Melbourne he posted a pic with lord mayor Sally Capp, in Canberra it was snaps with senators Josh Frydenberg and Jane Hume, before heading off to Nepal for a handshake photo opp with prime minister KP Sharma Oli, then India for a grip’n’grin with special secretary Yaduvendra Mathur.

In the midst of the whistlestop tour, with Perth’s lord mayor and council suspended, Alderman Estlin’s feature photo was a happy snap next to a bronze kangaroo sculpture on St Georges Terrace.

Alderman Estlin also met with the lord mayor’s replacements; state government-appointed commissioners Andrew Hammond, Gaye McMath and Len Kosova.

But while the City of Perth included that image in a press release about the visit, it didn’t make it into Alderman Estlin’s Twitter highlights.

by DAVID BELL

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