The City of Perth stands as a modern and vibrant capital, offering a sought-after lifestyle, an excellent geographic location, and attractive investment opportunities. Owing to the city’s prime location, an easy 30-minute drive can transport you to pristine beaches, award-winning wineries, or breathtaking national parks. Publications such as The Lonely Planet, National Geographic, the New York Times, and Forbes have featured Perth among their top global destinations. Moreover, Perth holds a reputation as Australia’s sunniest capital, enjoying 8 hours of daily sunshine year-round.
The capital spans an area of 26.93 square kilometres and is home to over 28,463 residents, including those in the suburbs of East Perth, West Perth, Northbridge, and parts of Crawley. The City offers 26 parks covering 153.5 hectares and 11.25 km of serene river foreshore. These natural spaces are enhanced by vital community amenities such as a rest centre, library, town hall, concert halls, and senior citizen/community centres.
Lord Mayor Profile: Basil Zempilas
Basil Zempilas was elected Lord Mayor of the City of Perth in October 2020, the 18th Lord Mayor of Perth and the first following a three year period without elected leadership.
This is the Lord Mayor’s first foray into Local Government and comes after a successful and ongoing broadcasting career in television and radio and as a newspaper columnist with The West Australian.
Basil began his television career at Channel 7 in Perth in 1994 and since 2001 has been the station’s Senior Sports Presenter, a role he continues in today. He also hosts the Triple M Breakfast show on Perth radio.
Basil has been a host and commentator at eight Olympics Games for the Seven Network, most recently calling the swimming at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 games. In 2002 he famously called Stephen Bradbury’s historic gold medal win, Australia’s first in winter Olympic competition.
For over 10 years he was a commentator and host of Seven’s Australia Open tennis coverage and for five years he was Master of Ceremonies at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Between 2012-2019 Zempilas was a host and commentator on the Seven Network’s AFL coverage.
Away from sport, Zempilas spent two years commuting from Perth to Sydney from 2018 to co-host Seven’s Weekend Sunrise and in 2019 he anchored and moderated the first Leader’s Debate between Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten.
Since 2010 Basil has been host of Seven Perth’s world renowned 26-hour live television charity fundraiser, Telethon. Since its inception, Telethon has raised almost $400 million for sick children and medical research and in 2020 raised a record $46.3 million dollars.
This year in his role as Lord Mayor, Basil was twice asked to activate the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund, first for the Wooroloo and Hills bushfire and then for the victims of Tropical Cyclone Seroja. The two appeals raised almost $25 million.
Basil is Perth born and bred, a huge contributor to the community and fiercely proud of his Greek heritage, His family hails from the tiny island of Kastellorizo, Greece which has had official Sister City status with the City of Perth since 1984.
Basil was educated at Hale School and gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Graduate Diploma of Journalism from Murdoch University. In 2019 he was honoured with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Basil has been married to Amy since 2009, they have two daughters, Ava and Chloe and a son, Anthony.