Expanded boundaries have been announced for the City of Perth which take in Kings Park and Burswood Stadium.
Under a series of unprecedented government reforms, the City of Perth’s boundaries will be expanded to encompass Kings Park, the new Perth Stadium at Burswood, The University of Western Australia (UWA) and other landmarks.
WA Premier Colin Barnett and Minister for Local Government Tony Simpson announced the city will expand from 782 hectares to 1,893 hectares, with its expanded boundaries including QEII hospital, the Leederville cafe strip, Kings Park and UWA, which now falls within three local government areas.
Barnett explained the changes, which would take effect on July 2015, are expected to give the city the status it should hold as Western Australia’s coastal capital and an increasingly important city in the Asia-Pacific region.
“This is a pivotal step in the history of our city - and the first step in the State Government’s reforms, which will ensure that local councils are best equipped to meet the demands of a growing city,” he said.
The recently announced reforms are expected to be a once-in-a-century opportunity to enhance and improve the future of Perth along with major projects that are being developed at present such as Perth City Link and the Elizabeth Quay Masterplan.
“They bring the iconic features that are Perth’s great selling points under one umbrella which makes good sense from a planning and tourism point of view," Barnett said. "The changes lay the foundations for building a greater capital. A bigger City of Perth will be better equipped to respond to the demands of a growing State - and better represent WA internationally.”
The expansion is also supported by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).
"For small businesses, which employ most people throughout Australia, local government is often the level of government they deal with the most, so it's vital that local councils run well. For years many businesses across the city and suburbs have been frustrated by inconsistencies and delays,” CCI chief executive James Pearson said.
"That's because there have been too many councils, with some not having the expertise or capacity to administer regulations affecting businesses and investors effectively or in a timely manner."
About 10,000 extra residents will come under the city’s management as a result of the changes, and the new boundaries will inject more than $2 million dollars in revenue to the city council’s coffers from the casino at the expense of the Town of Victoria Park.
“This will be a critical step in updating local government boundaries for the first time in decades and ensure that we have modern local councils that can meet the challenges facing Perth now and in the future,” Simpson said. “It’s essential that local governments merge to create economies of scale to provide quality and affordable services and better facilities for residents now and into the future.”