Legislation to expand the City of Perth including the part of the City of Subiaco south of Aberdare Road has passed both houses of Parliament. From 1 July 2016, properties in this area will transfer from the City of Subiaco to the City of Perth, meaning rates will be paid to the City of Perth and services provided by the City of Perth.
Mayor Heather Henderson said the city had fought hard to retain its residents, who have been part of the Subiaco community for more than 100 years, and acknowledged the efforts of those community members who had also lobbied to stay in the city.
“Our residents were silenced on this matter – there was no consultation with this community of 3000 people – and we’re understandably disappointed with the outcome.
“However, we are looking to the future, and will be working closely with the City of Perth to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible.”
CEO Don Burnett said the financial implications of the legislation are significant.
“There is no doubt the $4.4 million annual revenue loss will come at a cost for our community. We have been reviewing rates, service levels and staffing, and will be making some changes in these areas ahead of the 1 July 2016 implementation date.
“It is anticipated that there will still be a significant revenue shortfall after all possible cost reductions have been implemented. Council will need to address this shortfall as part of the 2016-17 budget and rate setting process.”
Information about transition arrangements will be provided to affected residents by the cities of Subiaco and Perth.