Legislation establishing the City of Perth as Western Australia’s capital city has passed both Houses of State Parliament, which Premier Colin Barnett described as a landmark moment for the State.”Perth is the centre of business, tourism and retail activity and is the pre-eminent entertainment precinct in the State,” Mr Barnett said in a statement last week.
“The city has undergone a major transformation through the delivery of major projects such as Elizabeth Quay, Perth Arena and the rejuvenated Perth Cultural Centre, with work under way on the Perth City Link and Riverside project.
“West Australians now have a capital city they can be truly proud of because of this Government’s decision to deliver the infrastructure needed to create a vibrant city with the ability to host world-class events and attract more tourists.
“This Bill ensures Perth has the status befitting one of the Asia Pacific’s most liveable and modern cities.”
Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the Bill acknowledged the unique role played by the City of Perth and outlined the responsibilities that should guide its council’s actions and decision making.
“The City of Perth has responsibility not only to its ratepayers, but to the thousands of people who visit the city for work and leisure every day, including visitors from interstate and overseas,” Mr Simpson said.
Under the legislation, the boundaries of the City of Perth will include The University of Western Australia, Kings Park, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre and the Perth Children’s Hospital.
Mr Simpson said bringing some of Perth’s key landmarks into the one council would create a bigger, stronger capital city.
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the City of Perth Act will provide the necessary structure and legislation, to ensure Local and State Government can work together on vitally important issues.
“Through the establishment of the City of Perth Committee, the City of Perth Council and State Government can oversee the needs of key business and economic drivers, and strengthen ties with stakeholders to achieve better outcomes for the community,” Ms Scaffidi said.
The proposed boundaries of the City of Perth will take effect from 1 July 2016. More information is available from the Department of Local Government and Communities website
Source: News Release, Urbanalyst, 29 February, 2015