City of Perth Act comes into full effect

THE City of Perth Act took full effect on Friday, July 1.

The Act brings the City of Perth in line with the powers and responsibilities of other Australian capital cities, acknowledging its central role in tourism, business and economic development.

The Act also involves the City annexing part of the City of Subiaco, taking on about 3000 new ratepayers.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the Act confirms the City of Perth as “a leading performer” on the world stage.

“The City of Perth Act provides the necessary structure and legislation to ensure local and State Government can work together on vitally important issues,” she said.

“Through the establishment of the City of Perth Committee, the City of Perth Council and State Government can oversee the needs of key business and economic drivers.”

The border expansion has not been without controversy.

The City of Subiaco is set to lose vast revenue streams and some have criticised the way in which the State Government handled the legislation.

Since 2004, Perth has retained its prized ranking position by The Economist newspaper in the world’s 10 “most liveable cities”. Perth is currently ranked eighth.