Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas is pushing for ideas to nearly double the inner-city’s population to 55,000 people over the next 14 years in the face of high building costs and a stalled pipeline of high-rise residential development.

Zempilas is seeking the backing of the broader council to task the local government’s administration with creating a report detailing initiatives and incentives which could be put in place to accelerate and stimulate residential development by the 2023-24 financial year.

The latest census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 28,463 people live in the City of Perth’s boundaries, up from 21,797 in 2016.

But the local government area has an aim to boost its population 93 per cent by 2036.

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