City of Armadale

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City of Armadale
Western Australia
City of Armadale council chambers, November 2021 01.jpg
The City of Armadale council chambers
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The City of Armadale within the Perth Metropolitan Area
 • Density142.273/km2 (368.49/sq mi)
Area559.5 km2 (216.0 sq mi)
MayorRuth Butterfield
Council seatArmadale
RegionSouth East Metropolitan Perth; Darling Scarp
State electorate(s)Armadale, Darling Range, Southern River
Federal division(s)Burt, Canning
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WebsiteCity of Armadale
LGAs around City of Armadale:
Gosnells Kalamunda York
Cockburn City of Armadale Beverley
Kwinana Serpentine–Jarrahdale Wandering

The City of Armadale is a local government area in the southeastern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth, about 28 kilometres (17.4 mi) southeast of Perth's central business district. The City covers an area of 560 square kilometres (216 sq mi), much of which is state forest rising into the Darling Scarp to the east, and had a population of almost 80,000 as at the 2016 Census.


Prior to European settlement, the area now known as the City of Armadale was part of the land that was occupied by the Aboriginal Noongar people.[3]

Prior to 1894, the area was part of the Canning Road District.

The City of Armadale originated as the Kelmscott Road District, which was created on 14 December 1894 out of parts of Fremantle and Jandakot Road Districts. On 24 March 1910, it was renamed the Armadale-Kelmscott Road District.[4]

On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of Armadale–Kelmscott following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1960. On 1 July 1977, its Byford Ward was abolished and transferred to the Shire of Serpentine–Jarrahdale.[5]

On 1 July 1979 it became the Town of Armadale and on 16 November 1985 it assumed its current name when attained city status.[4]

The City of Armadale maintains 615 km of roads and a little over 14 km² of parks and gardens.



The city has been divided into seven wards,[6] each with two councillors. The mayor is elected from among the councillors.

  • Heron Ward
  • Lake Ward
  • Hills Ward
  • Minnawarra Ward
  • Ranford Ward
  • Palomino Ward
  • River Ward



Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1911 1,327—    
1921 2,251+5.43%
1933 3,585+3.95%
1947 4,253+1.23%
1954 5,753+4.41%
1961 6,469+1.69%
1966 7,840+3.92%
1971 15,644+14.82%
1976 25,823+10.54%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1981 36,116+6.94%
1986 41,248+2.69%
1991 46,716+2.52%
1996 49,507+1.17%
2001 49,893+0.16%
2006 50,535+0.26%
2011 62,296+4.27%
2016 79,602+5.03%
  • Note: The 1976 figure above, reported from the 1978 year book and 1981 census, is the figure after the removal of 1,634 residents living in Byford and nearby areas, which occurred in 1977.

Heritage-listed places[edit]

As of 2021, 161 places are heritage-listed in the City of Armadale,[7] of which 13 are on the State Register of Heritage Places, among them Araluen Botanic Park, the Canning Contour Channel and the Old Jarrah Tree.[8]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Armadale (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Local Government Act, 1960-1976 - Order in Council (per LG. AK/4/2)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 17 June 1977. p. 1977:1821.
  6. ^ "Mayor, councillors and wards | City of Armadale".
  7. ^ "City of Armadale Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  8. ^ "City of Armadale State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2021.

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Coordinates: 32°9′11″S 116°0′54″E / 32.15306°S 116.01500°E / -32.15306; 116.01500