Governors orders have been issued today designating Kalamunda as a City as of 1 July 2017.
Shire President Andrew Waddell said, “The move to City Status has been a long time coming, and we thank the State Government for its support.”
“I would also like to thank community members who provided feedback on the process, which has enabled us to consider any effects of accurately reflecting the size of our local government.”
“Many ratepayers provided comment relating to the cost of the change in status, and Council once again commits to no additional costs because of City Status.”
“We will transition any changes in branding and materials in a planned and staged way, as items reach their natural end of life or use.
A local government area is eligible for City Status when it has more than 30,000 residents, with more than half living in an urban area.
In Kalamunda we have over 60,000 people and 75% of those live in an urban environment.
Benefits to being a City include:
- better reflecting, and potentially improving our standing with those involved in future development, both private and government, as our projected housing growth and infrastructure projects like the Forrestfield Airport Link take shape;
- making us more competitive and attractive to investors, signaling we are progressive;
- accurately reflecting the urban growth where the majority of the future population and land use changes will be;
- showing we are an intrinsic and important part of the Perth metropolitan area, and part of the new Perth aerotropolis that is emerging;
- indicating we want to be autonomous and a sustainable local government in its our own right.
“Even though we are now a city, I can assure residents the change in status for the local government body will not change the friendly, close-knit community vibe and lifestyles we enjoy across our unique suburbs. Nor will it have any effect on the zoning of land in the City.”
View for more information on the move to City Status.