Res­i­dents will see ‘de­light’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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