The Property Council is calling for a Minister for the Capital City.
Executive Director, Mr Joe Lenzo, said, "As an economic powerhouse for WA, Perth needs a Minister for the Capital City to represent its interests in Cabinet."
"Perth generates a significant proportion of WA's wealth. It is every bit as important as the regional areas."
The Property Council's call for a Minister for the Capital City follows today's announcement that the State Government will appoint Ministers for specific regions.
Mr Lenzo said, "If the Government gives the regions Cabinet representation, it should give the Capital City representation."
Perth generates signficant wealth for Western Australia, with the central city alone:
- employing 96,000 workers;
- generating almost $2 billion of Commonwealth revenue;
- being is the specialty service centre, providing services ranging from heart transplants, to language schools to engineering consultancies; and
- receiving 3 million visitors each year, having one third of the WA's luxury guest rooms.
"The Government has focused extensively on the regions, but Perth is a key driver of the economy," said Mr Lenzo.
"The new Government has already increased parking bay taxes in the City by 71%, a decision which may not have happened if a Minister was representing the City."