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City status for Kalamunda

Kalamunda will officially become a city this Saturday after Governors orders were issued this week.

A shire is eligible for city status when it has more than 30,000 residents, with more than half living in an urban area.

Kalamunda has over 60,000 people and 75 per cent of those live in an urban environment.

Kalamunda Shire President Andrew Waddell said the move to city status had been a long time coming and we thank the State Government for its support.

He said many ratepayers made comment about the cost of the change in status but council 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,” Mr Waddell said.

He said benefits to being a city include improving standing with those involved in future development, both private and government.

Mr Waddell said the status also made Kalamunda more competitive and attractive to investors and indicated it wanted to be an autonomous and 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,” he said.

“Nor will it have any effect on the zoning of land in the city.”

For more information on the move to city status go to: www.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/ourstory

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