Residents will see ‘delight’
PREMIER Colin Barnett says western suburbs residents in a proposed new City of Perth will be “delighted” despite being up to 6km across Kings Park from their St Georges Terracebased council.
“There’s no difficulty. They’ll have local councillors,” Mr Barnett said about fears some Nedlands and Subiaco residents could lack local representation in the capital city council, after announcing last week that an Act for the change was a priority for mid-2015.
Mr Barnett dismissed making deals with the National Party to get the Act through the Upper House.
He said the wider community backed a new City of Perth, before signalling its suburban ratepayers’ votes would carry less weight than CBD businesses’.
“We are not going to have a residential-run City of Perth. It will be run by the major property owners and major businesses, and interest in the City of Perth,” he said
Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said governing the impact of hospital and university expansion on neighbouring streets could be a hurdle for the Act and larger residential areas could be included in the new City of Perth.
“The western suburbs are basically lowdensity, low-rise, while the City of Perth is high-density, high-rise,” Mr Hipkins said.
Setting the border would also allow progress on the City of Riversea, proposed to replace five western suburbs councils.
The Nationals still oppose the Act because the believe it may lead to forced mergers of country shires.