WA Government to legislate to expand City of Perth

WA Government to legislate to expand City of Perth, confer special powers
Updated Sat at 6:30amSat 18 Oct 2014, 6:30am
The City of Perth boundaries may be expanded to include Burswood and UWA under government plans. (By Florence Roca)
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The City of Perth will grow to include the University of WA (UWA) and the City of Vincent under legislation being planned by the State Government.

The move would also see Perth get special powers to recognise it as a capital city.

Premier Colin Barnett had previously called for the City of Perth to be expanded to include some of the key assets it had been lobbying for, including UWA and QEII Medical Centre.

But it is understood the Local Government Advisory Board had not recommended these areas in its review of council boundaries.

Mr Barnett said today legislative change would be needed to properly recognise the city as the state’s capital, similar to what had been done in other states.

“So there’s a number of aspects, there is City of Melbourne legislation and other states also have specialist legislation for their capital cities,” he said.

“But yes, we are looking to legislate.”

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Published in The West Australian 9 September 2014.  Author: Kate Emery.

WA’s property industry has warned that delays are adding millions to the cost of land development as figures show councils are waiting years for the State to sign off on planning changes.

Property Council WA executive Joe Lenzo said research to be released next month in a bigger report on infrastructure showed a 12-month wait for approvals added $2.1 million to the cost of the average 20ha greenfield development.

“That’s just purely the delays,” he said. “It’s passed on to the consumer. It just increases the price of the subdivision or the property or the house they want to sell.”

At the same time, State Government figures show WA councils are waiting years for changes to building heights, zoning and land use to be approved. Continue reading