Perth City Council to be suspended

The City of Perth, popularly known as Perth City Council, has been a soap opera for a year or more. Now the State Government has had enough, and has declared the Council will be suspended, and Commissioner appointed. WA Local Government Minister David Templeman has announced the suspension will take place from Friday 2 March. […]

First Smart Cities funding announced

Darwin to get ‘switched on’ The Australian Government has made its first grants under its Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. The grants are to Darwin to ‘switch on’ the city, and to a number of smaller projects in Perth. The program, announced in March 2017 has earmarked $50 million for projects across Australia, with 40 […]

Canberra seeks industry know-how for light rail procurement

By Paul Hemsley Canberra’s long awaited light rail project is gaining momentum as the Capital Metro Agency has commenced a search for technical advisers to guide the project towards its procurement phase in 2015. These technical advisers will be expected to have expertise in transport planning, engineering design, light rail operations, environmental assessment, urban design, […]

Perth councils divided over Barnett’s boundary overhaul

By Paul Hemsley An ambitious and controversial bid to overhaul Perth’s metropolitan local government areas by Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has triggered widely differing reactions from councils targeted to have their boundaries radically redrawn. Formally revealed this week, Mr Barnett’s plan will slash the number of Perth-based councils from 30 to 15 and has […]

City of Perth to absorb neighbours under boundary reforms

By Paul Hemsley The City of Perth will swallow up all of the City of Vincent, Kings Park, the new Crown Casino and the new Perth Stadium at Burswood under Premier Colin Barnett’s final proposal to the independent Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB) to rationalise metropolitan boundaries. The ambitious plan by Mr Barnett to create […]

Perth councils push their ideas for mergers

By Paul Hemsley The Western Australian government’s ambitious and controversial plan to “create fewer, bigger, stronger councils” by amalgamating Perth’s metropolitan councils is quickly taking shape after 19 local governments submitted their own merger ideas to the Independent Local Government Advisory Board (LGAB). The council submissions are the latest step in Premier Colin Barnett’s wider […]

Perth Stadium build wired for wonder

By Paul Hemsley Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett is busting to make the new Perth Stadium a giant new technology hub for sports fans to make gaming events even more immersive – even when they are forced to leave their seats to answer the call of nature. After more than a century of sports fans […]

Perth commuters take fright at fake tram

By Paul Hemsley If the sight of a tram trundling down a pedestrian mall is enough to frighten you off your shopping, then Perth is the place to be – even if you can’t catch a ride yet. After months of berating the Western Australian state government over its proposed route for the new CBD […]

Perth pushes feds to fund airport rail link

By Paul Hemsley City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has continued her push for urban transport renewal by easing the pressure off the city’s traffic jammed roads by calling on Canberra to pour funding into an urban rail link from the city to Perth Airport. The airport is located inland to the east of […]

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