Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi says Perth will continue to miss out on its fair share of Commonwealth funding unless the city's borders are expanded, after the WA capital received just $57,000 from a $150 million Federal pool.
The latest round of Regional Development Australia Fund allocations awarded the City of Brisbane more than $2 million, Canberra more than $2.4 million and the City of Sydney $419,000 but handed just $57,209 to the City of Perth.
Of Perth's local governments, the City of Stirling, which has the biggest population, received $331,000, the highest amount of funding, while City of Joondalup, the second biggest council, got $167,000.
Perth's neighbouring councils, the City of Vincent and the Town of Cambridge, each received about $70,000, the Town of Victoria Park about $80,000 and the City of South Perth $95,000.
Ms Scaffidi said the amount given to Perth was measly and it was another example of how the city missed out because of its relative size and structure.
"Such an amount is barely enough to fund a new toilet cubicle, let alone important infrastructure for a growing capital city," she said.
Ms Scaffidi said the amounts given to other councils would allow them to achieve meaningful outcomes for their communities but the fragmentation of smaller grants to Perth and its neighbouring councils meant nothing of "real substance" could be achieved.
The funding, allocated by the Department of Local Government, is allocated on a per capita basis, with a base grant of $30,000 for eligible local governments.
Ms Scaffidi said the low funding highlighted the need for an enlarged Perth council area, as advocated in the city's final submission to the Metropolitan Local Government Reform Panel.
Under the council's submission, Perth would expand to include Vincent, parts of Stirling, Cambridge, South Perth and Victoria Park - a plan that has angered many neighbouring mayors.
The "new" Perth council would also include key landmarks such as Crown Perth, the University of WA and QEII Medical Centre. It would boost its population from 17,000 to 117,000.