Premier Colin Barnett has announced the introduction into State Parliament of the City of Perth Act.
Under the Act, the City of Perth will expand further to the west to include parts of the City of Subiaco and City of Nedlands, including Kings Park, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, new Perth Children’s Hospital and The University of Western Australia.
About 15 per cent of the City of Subiaco’s residents, living in Crawley and a small part of the suburb of Nedlands, will be affected by the boundary changes. No City of Nedlands residents will be affected.
Existing local laws and planning schemes in the affected areas of the City of Subiaco and City of Nedlands will continue to apply until the City of Perth puts in place local laws and planning schemes covering the new areas in its boundaries. Prior to this there will be a consultation period by the City of Perth in which ratepayers and residents can have their say on the proposed changes.
Kings Park will continue to be governed by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998 and managed by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Board. City of Perth local laws will not apply to Kings Park.
The Act was prepared in consultation with the City of Perth. Key business, tourism and ratepayer associations were invited to present their vision for the City of Perth.
The Act will come into effect once it has passed both houses of Parliament and received Royal Assent from the Governor of Western Australia. The new boundaries come into effect on 1 July 2016.
The new Act will operate in conjunction with the Local Government Act 1995.