ABC News – By Jessica Strutt
The City of Perth looks set to be the loser under final recommendations given to the WA Government on new council boundaries.
The ABC has confirmed the City of Perth will not get some of the key assets it has been lobbying for, including the lucrative Burswood peninsula where the casino is located and the new sports stadium is being built.
Both the State Government and the City of Perth had put forward proposals to significantly expand the capital city’s boundaries to include landmarks such as Kings Park, the University of Western Australia and most of the Burswood peninsula.
The board has, however, recommended to Local Government Minister Tony Simpson that the Burswood peninsula stay with an amalgamated City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park.
Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said he felt hopeful they would get to keep Burswood.
“We feel like we put up a strong community effort to maintain the peninsula,” he said.
“[We feel] confident the board will follow its previous decisions that say the river is the natural boundary.”
But it is understood the Local Government Advisory Board has recommended UWA go within the new City of Nedlands boundaries.
At the moment the UWA campus is split between three separate local governments.
UWA vice chancellor Paul Johnson expressed concern about the proposal.
“If today’s media reports about local government reform are correct, they are concerning for the University of Western Australia,” he said.
“We believe placing the university into the City Of Perth is the best way to ensure the people of Western Australia can fully reap the benefits of having a world-class university.”