Subiaco, Nedlands told to ‘move on’

Image: File photo
Image: File photo

LOCAL Government Minister Tony Simpson said it was time for the City of Subiaco and Nedlands councils to �move on�.

His comments follow an announcement by Premier Colin Barnett about the City of Perth Act, being introduced to Parliament tomorrow.

If the legislation is supported it will see more than 1000 residents in a cross over section of the two councils � along with The University of WA, QEII Medical centre and Kings Park � become part of the City of Perth.

�The river front councils were designed 100 years ago and I think Perth as a city has moved on and the State has moved on and its time for them to move on,� Mr Simpson said.

�The important part here is that people in the area of Subiaco will live in the same house, same street, keep the same postcode and based on the differential dollar will end up with cheaper rates and the same amount of services.�

However, a survey titled Hands off Subiaco – City of Perth Takeover found that 97 per cent of 140 Subiaco south ward residents opposed being included in the Act.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said she was aware of residents� concerns and aimed to deliver the kind of local government services that they expected.

�We respect their loyalty to their local government but we will certainly be there for them with lower rates and high quality services.�

The boundary changes are set to take effect from July 2016.