Residents a risk to business interests

The State Government’s proposed City of Perth boundaries as presented to the Local Government Advisory Board.
The State Government’s proposed City of Perth boundaries as presented to the Local Government Advisory Board.

Ms Scaffidi said the City’s preferred local government boundaries would ensure businesses, which pay the most rates, had a say on the future of Perth.

‘The City’s reform proposals are intended to avoid a situation where a strong suburban residential vote outweighs corporate/commercial voices who have lower voting numbers but are disproportionately huge drivers of the City’s and State’s economic development, and pay much higher rates,’ Ms Scaffidi said.

The City’s preferences were in line with the State Government’s initial boundary reform proposal.

But last week, the State Government announced a revised preference for the City of Perth to absorb all of Vincent, Crown Casino, the University WA and QEII Medical Centre, with the submission going to the Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB).

Perth MP Eleni Evangel said the revised proposal was a win for Vincent residents who had campaigned to be absorbed by Perth.

‘For Vincent residents, it is a step forward in ensuring the preservation of an inner city lifestyle and for the City of Perth, it provides the residential mass critical to a City’s success,’ she said.

Ms Scaffidi said the Government’s proposal was ‘illogical’ and served its political interests rather than what was best for the City of Perth.

She said while Perth would pick up all of Vincent, residential areas surrounding the new stadium and Crown Casino would be excluded from the City’s boundaries.

‘It is a recipe for friction and disharmony,’ she said.

‘On the western side, it would make sense to have a buffer around the UWA and QEII by including the adjacent areas also in the City of Perth.

‘But that is not the case under these plans.’

Subiaco Business Association president Geoff Parnell said considering all of Vincent would potentially go to the City of Perth, there was an argument for the boundary to be extended west to take in Subiaco.

But Mr Parnell said Subiaco could also provide a rates base for a new western suburbs council.

Ms Scaffidi said the City of Perth did not want to expand its boundaries by simply ‘picking the best bits of other suburbs’ but on the primary considerations of a capital city focus, global status, financial strength, strategic infrastructure, and effective planning and management.