THE West Australian Government last week said it will draft a City of Perth Act to establish Perth as the city's pre-eminent council, with legislation due for introduction into State Parliament early next year.
Premier Colin Barnett said consultation with relevant parties would begin in the new year, resulting in an Act to recognise Perth as the state's capital city and acknowledge its central role in tourism and economic development.
"Given the Government's investment in revitalising Perth with investments such as Elizabeth Quay, the Perth City Link and Riverside, it's timely for the City of Perth to have this special recognition," Mr Barnett said.
"The city is the centre of business and retail activity and is the pre-eminent entertainment precinct in the State. This Act will recognise the need for it to be treated differently from other residential councils."
The Act will also outline the City of Perth's expanded boundaries, which will take in all of the City of Perth and the City of Vincent plus The University of Western Australia, Kings Park, the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre and the new Perth Children's Hospital.
"It will bring several of the features that are Perth's great selling points under one council which makes good sense from a planning and tourism point of view," the Premier said.
"Cabinet has this week approved the drafting of the Act which will lay the foundations for building a great capital. 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.
"It will give the city the status it should hold as Australia's west coast capital and an increasingly important city in the Asia region."
Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the Act was a high priority for the State Government.
The Act will be drafted in consultation with both the City of Perth and the current City of Vincent, as well as relevant business, tourism and ratepayer associations.
Mr Simpson said the State Government's plan for metropolitan local government reform was on track with reforms being progressively put in place.
More information is available from the Department of Local Government and Communities website at <http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au/>.