City of Bayswater

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City of Bayswater
Western Australia
City of Bayswater Civic Centre 5.jpg
City of Bayswater Civic Centre
Population66,050 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,909.0/km2 (4,944/sq mi)
Area34.6 km2 (13.4 sq mi)
MayorFilomena Piffaretti
Council seatMorley
RegionEastern Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s)Maylands, Bassendean, Morley
Federal division(s)Division of Perth
Logo of the City of Bayswater.svg
WebsiteCity of Bayswater
LGAs around City of Bayswater:
Stirling Swan Swan
Stirling City of Bayswater Bassendean
Vincent Victoria Park Belmont

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the Western Australian capital city of Perth, about 7 kilometres (4 mi) northeast of Perth's central business district. The City covers an area of 34.6 square kilometres (13.4 sq mi) and has a population of 65,050 as at the 2016 Census. The City of Bayswater is a member of the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council.


In the 1890s, Bayswater was a small settlement, awkwardly straddling the boundaries of the Perth and Swan Road Districts. In December 1894, residents held a meeting to petition for a road board. The government rejected the petition. A second attempt to get Bayswater's own road board in 1896 was successful. Both the Perth and Swan Road Boards were happy to relinquish responsibility for building roads there. The Bayswater Road Board was gazetted on 5 March 1897, becoming one of several new local government areas established in the 1890s along the railway. A wooden ratepayers' hall was constructed on Guildford Road.[2]: 42, 50 

In 1944, at the annual ratepayers' meeting, a majority of the seven ratepayers that attended voted for the board to change the district's name to "Oakleigh Park Road District". The name Bayswater was considered to obstruct progress due to its working class connotations. After advertising for objections to the change in name, many came in, and so the idea was ditched.[2]: 204  On 1 July 1961, it became a shire following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1960.

In October 1978, the shire council was sacked by the Government of Western Australia, for mismanagement, corruption and various actions breaking the Local Government Act. The shire sold council property and several large contracts without tenders. A commissioner was placed in charge of the council for five months. At the next council election on 24 February 1979, 80% of ratepayers voted, much higher than the usual 30%. Only two of the councillors elected had been councillors before.[2]: 285–289 [3]

On 29 October 1983, it attained city status.[4][5] Around this same time, it relocated its administration from Bayswater to its present location on Broun Avenue in Morley. In 1998 the suburb of Maylands was transferred into the City of Bayswater from the City of Stirling.

The portion of the suburb of Noranda north of Widgee Road was transferred to the City of Bayswater from the City of Swan on 1 July 2016.[6]


The City of Bayswater's logo features an olive tree, which has history relating to Bayswater. In the 1840s, an olive tree was planted on Slade Street. The tree is still standing today, and it is the earliest sign of European occupation in the area.[7][8]


The City of Bayswater had three libraries. They are in Maylands, Bayswater and Morley. The City also owns The RISE, Bayswater Waves, Maylands Waterland and Morley Sport and Recreation Centre.


The City is divided into 4 wards. The mayor and deputy mayor are each elected from among the councillors. Elections are held on the third Saturday in October every odd year, with councillors elected to four year terms. Approximately half of all positions are up for election at each election.

Political parties do not typically endorse candidates in local government in Western Australia. However, elected members are required to disclose membership of any political party.[9]

Ward[10] Councillor[10] Joined council Term[10] Notes
Central Assunta Meleca 2021 2025
Steven Ostaszewskyj 2019 2023
Sally Palmer 2015 2023 Member of the Australian Greens[9]
North Josh Eveson 2021 2025
Filomena Piffaretti 2017 2025 Mayor,[10] Member of the Australian Labor Party[9]
Michelle Sutherland 2018 2023 Member of the Liberal Party of Australia[9]
South Catherine Ehrhardt 2015 2023 Deputy Mayor[10]
Elli Petersen-Pik 2017 2025
West Dan Bull 2015 2023 Member of the Australian Labor Party[9]
Lorna Clarke 2017 2025 Member of the Australian Labor Party[9]
Giorgia Johnson 2017 2025 Member of the Australian Greens[9]


* indicates suburb partially located within City


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1911 1,790—    
1921 2,392+2.94%
1933 4,138+4.67%
1947 6,453+3.22%
1954 14,555+12.32%
1961 19,296+4.11%
1966 26,112+6.24%
1971 34,261+5.58%
1976 38,302+2.25%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1981 38,526+0.12%
1986 41,331+1.42%
1991 43,810+1.17%
1996 43,573−0.11%
2001 54,008+4.39%
2006 55,801+0.66%
2011 61,262+1.88%
2016 64,677+1.09%


Heritage listed places[edit]

As of 2021, 359 places are heritage-listed in the City of Bayswater,[11] of which 24 are on the State Register of Heritage Places, among them Tranby House, the Albany Bell Castle and the Garratt Road Bridge.[12]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bayswater (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c May, Catherine (2013). Changes they've seen : the city and people of Bayswater 1827-2013. Morley, W.A.: City of Bayswater. ISBN 9780646596082.
  3. ^ The West Australian. 13 October 1978. p. 1.
  4. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 2.0), 31 May 2003.
  5. ^ "Local Government Act 1960–1982. City of Bayswater (City Status) Order 1983". Western Australia Government Gazette. 3 June 1983. p. 1983:1704.
  6. ^ Pascual Juanola, Marta (31 March 2016). "Noranda joins Baysy". The Perth Voice. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Our Logo". City of Bayswater. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Bayswater Thematic Framework April 2020". City of Bayswater. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Elected Members Political Interest Register" (PDF). City of Bayswater. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Elected Members". City of Bayswater. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  11. ^ "City of Bayswater Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  12. ^ "City of Bayswater State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2021.

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Coordinates: 31°53′13″S 115°54′25″E / 31.887°S 115.907°E / -31.887; 115.907