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. […]

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 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 […]

Packer Casino lost in Perth merger gamble

By Paul Hemsley The Town of Victoria Park and the City of South Perth have blasted the City of Perth’s planned annexation of the highly lucrative James Packer-owned Crown Casino as part of the Western Australian state government’s shake-up of Perth’s metropolitan councils through amalgamations and boundary changes. The Casino rezoning is a prelude to […]

Councils in West embrace mergers

By Paul Hemsley Councils in New South Wales and Queensland have mounted a hard-fought campaign to stop forced amalgamations of local governments, but it’s a very different story in the West where mayors are backing a push to merge municipalities. The voluntary push for amalgamations from councils in WA has been highlighted by City of […]

Perth councils demand say on new tram routes

By Paul Hemsley The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has demanded the state government led by Premier Colin Barnett include councils in the planning process for the rollout of Perth’s inner city tram run, especially over the location of routes, stops and stations. The Western councils’ peak body claims that street knowledge held by […]

City of Perth demands bi-partisan planning for big projects

By Paul Hemsley City of Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has demanded that Colin Barnett’s the newly re-elected state government and the major political parties all lift their game on planning for big future projects now that the election is over. The Mayor resumed pressuring the state government to take-up key demands the City made in […]

Perth’s light rail split four ways

By Paul Hemsley City of Perth Mayor Lisa Scaffidi has proposed four different options for the controversial path of the Western Australian government’s planned light rail route through the centre of the city to keep the new vehicles away from the bustling retail strips of Hay and Murray Street pedestrian malls. Announced in September 2012 […]


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