The State Government has taken a major step towards increasing Perth's profile as an important and vibrant city in the Asia region.
Premier Colin Barnett today announced legislation would be introduced into State Parliament to give greater recognition to Perth as Western Australia'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," the Premier said.
"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.
The Bill will be introduced into State Parliament tomorrow and boundary changes are set to take effect from July 1, 2016.
The new Act will operate in conjunction with the Local Government Act 1995
The Act has been prepared in consultation with the City of Perth
Key business, tourism and ratepayer associations were invited to present their vision for the City of Perth
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