December 16, 2014, 1:44 pm
Premier Colin Barnett says he believes legislation to create a bigger City of Perth will be passed despite Labor and the Nationals publicly opposing amalgamations.
Announcing plans to introduce legislation in the new year, Mr Barnett said there was no “Plan B” if it was blocked.
He said he had not done a deal with the Nationals but was confident most people supported the creation of a City of Perth that will include the University of WA, QEII Medical Centre and Kings Park and expected Labor to support it.
Mr Barnett said the legislation would include a ward structure and a mechanism to ensure the city was not controlled by residential voters.
It is unclear if that mechanism will include vote weighting, which is used in the City of Melbourne for a similar purpose.
“Cabinet has this week approved the drafting of the Act which will lay the foundations for building a great capital,” he said.
“A bigger and stronger City of Perth will be better equipped to respond to the demands of a growing State – and better represent WA on the world stage.”
The City of Vincent wants to be part of Perth but has baulked at the prospect of vote weighting, which mayor John Carey has previously suggested could make Vincent ratepayers second class citizens.
If passed, the legislation would also clear the way for the Government to create a western suburbs super council.
That plan has been on ice until the Perth legislation is passed because some assets will move from western suburbs councils to a beefed up Perth.