The State Government has announced a new proposal for an enlarged City of Perth which includes the City of Vincent in its entirety — going against their original blueprint released four months ago.
Local Government Minister Tony Simpson unveiled the revised map for the capital city council at the University of WA today.
Under the plan, the City of Perth would expand to include UWA, Kings Park, the new Perth stadium, Burswood, QEII as well as Vincent council.
When the State Government announced its blueprint for the City of Perth on July 30, Vincent was to be split between the capital city council and the City of Stirling.
At the time, the Mr Simpson and Premier Colin Barnett said the State Government would not make any wholesale changes to the proposed boundaries and only minor tweaking would be considered.
The City of Vincent subsequently launched a campaign for their council to be included wholly into the City of Perth.
Today, the Minister and Premier backed down from their former stance and said they had listened to the residents of Vincent.
Mr Barnett said he now believed Vincent was an inner-city locality and stressed the reform process needed to start with the City of Perth.
“The reform process begins with the City of Perth. These changes will give the city the status it should hold as a capital city with growing importance in the region,” he said.
Mr Simpson is set to release revised maps for all councils in the metropolitan area in the coming weeks and submit them to the local government advisory board.
The board is expected to announce its boundary decisions by mid next year.