Kwinana has been officially declared a City after the Governor of Western Australia, Malcolm McCusker, visited the rapidly growing community this morning to make the announcement.
The Town of Kwinana, as it was previously known, surpassed the ‘City’ population threshold of 30,000 residents earlier this year after growth data released by the ABS identified Kwinana as the fastest growing community in Perth’s southern suburbs, the fourth fastest growing in WA and one of the fastest growing in the entire nation.
During a speech at a special civic function to mark the occasion, Governor McCusker commended the City for its efforts in progressing Kwinana into a modern metropolitan community.
“The growth and development phase underway at present is testament to the many years of hard work and commitment to grow this area into one of Western Australia’s most attractive and community-focused residential areas,” Mr McCusker said.
Over the past five years alone, Kwinana has grown by about twice the national average and has welcomed almost 6,000 new residents. The population is also expected to more than double over the next 20 years.
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the impressive figures were an indication of how Kwinana had repositioned itself as one of Perth’s most attractive destinations for families.
“It’s no surprise that our numbers continue to grow considering the unique combination of rural and modern housing which Kwinana has to offer, the major investment into new infrastructure and our unmatched sense of community pride.”
Kwinana’s progression to city status has not come without its hurdles however and Mayor Adams was quick to point out the huge investment into infrastructure and services which the community had experienced in recent times.
“Kwinana has historically suffered from a lack of awareness, but thanks to the assistance of state and federal funding as well as private investment, the City has maintained a concentrated focus on community development and new infrastructure and we are quickly reversing this trend.”
“We have come such a long way in such a short time that it often amazes people who are new to the City or who haven’t visited in a long time. It’s a real eye opener.”
New investment is visible throughout nearly every suburb of Kwinana, but the $340m City Centre Revitalisation is certainly the main attraction. The extensive redevelopment includes a $22m Library and Resource Centre, $7.5m Youth Space, the new Admiral Hotel and a long awaited revamp of the Kwinana Marketplace Shopping Centre. The city also boasts two modern train stations and some of the most extensive parklands and natural bush reserves in the state.
“People are fast realising that there is more to Kwinana than industry and a freeway.”
“Kwinana is only minutes from the coast, 25 minutes from the City, it offers excellent public transport and road networks, and in my view is one of the most underrated areas in Perth. I invite anyone who thinks otherwise to venture into our community and experience the diversity of our suburbs, the growing excitement within our City Centre and the wonderful residents who choose to call Kwinana home,” Mayor Adams concluded.