Premier Colin Barnett says Perth has grown as a city in 2012 and expects 2013 to be a major year of development as several large projects get under way.
In his New Year message to the State, Mr Barnett said West Australians had embraced the changes in the city and the vision for its future, even if they did not like all of the developments.
"I really appreciate the way people have made adjustments to cope with the growing pains of a growing city, particularly dealing with issues such as traffic congestion," he said.
"I have noticed that in the past year, people's pride in the State and the city is growing.
"I have noticed how this is reflected in the way West Australians behave and even in the way they dress."
But 2012 had also proven to be a year of some terrible road rage incidents, Mr Barnett said.
"I understand that it is easy to get frustrated when driving, especially when dealing with road works and congestion, so I urge people to please try to have patience on the roads," he said.
"As Perth evolves into a bigger city, I encourage all of us to continue to hold on to the qualities we still value such as courtesy and kindness, gentleness and consideration for each other.
"This makes it important for us all to take care, to slow down on the roads and to keep an eye out for each other."