The University of Western Australia has welcomed the announcement by the State Government on local government boundary changes, particularly its determination to create an expanded capital city local government area that includes the State's leading University.
The decision to make the University a part of the City of Perth will help the University realise its full potential for the benefit of the whole community.
The University has actively supported changing local boundaries as part of a much needed effort to simplify and streamline the system, and in particular, the need to bring the University into a single local government municipality.
UWA currently straddles three local government administrative areas - Perth, Nedlands and Subiaco - with one boundary dissecting the campus at Winthrop Hall and another isolating the main Crawley campus from the University's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts.
Furthermore, placing the University into the City Of Perth is the best way to ensure the people of Western Australia can fully reap the benefits of having a world class university. The University believes a world class university should be strategically aligned with the goals, strategies and activities of the capital city council, and that this good outcome should be applauded.
"The University is looking forward to working with the State Government and the City of Perth on the shaping the detail of the new Act, and promoting Perth as a global centre for teaching and research excellence," Acting Vice Chancellor Dawn Freshwater said.
"UWA looks forward to playing a significant role in the City of Perth's international engagement and outreach agenda by promoting Perth as a centre of excellence in teaching and research and ensuring the people of Western Australia fully reap the benefits of having a world class university.
"The University will also continue to work closely with our neighbouring Cities of Nedlands and Subiaco which remain important stakeholders in our University community," Professor Freshwater said.
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