THE West Australian Government last week said it has taken a major step towards increasing Perth's profile as an important and vibrant city in the Asia region, following the introduction of proposed new legislation to give greater recognition to Perth as the state's capital city.
"The City of Perth Act recognises Perth as the State's capital city and acknowledges its central role in tourism and economic development," said Premier Colin Barnett.
"With the revitalisation of Perth under way, including investments such as Elizabeth Quay, the Perth City Link and Riverside, the City of Perth deserves greater recognition.
"Perth is WA's business and retail powerhouse and leading entertainment precinct. This Act recognises it needs to be treated differently from other residential councils."
Several of Perth's iconic landmarks, including Kings Park, The University of Western Australia, new Perth Children's Hospital and Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, along with 1,158 residents from Subiaco and Nedlands, will come within the City of Perth's boundaries to create a bigger and stronger capital city.
The legislation will also allow for the establishment of the City of Perth Committee to facilitate collaboration between the City of Perth and the State Government.
Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the City of Perth Act made good sense from a planning and tourism point of view.
"It will lay the foundations for a city that can be more responsive to the demands of a growing State and will better represent WA on the world stage," he said.
Mr Simpson said most other capital cities in Australia had capital city legislation.