City of Belmont

Coordinates: 31°56′42″S 115°55′37″E / 31.945°S 115.927°E / -31.945; 115.927
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City of Belmont
Western Australia
The City of Belmont within the Perth Metropolitan Area
Map
Population42,257 (LGA 2021)[1]
Established1898
Area39.8 km2 (15.4 sq mi)
MayorRobert Rossi[2]
Council seatBelmont
RegionPerth Metropolitan Region
State electorate(s)Belmont
Federal division(s)Swan
WebsiteCity of Belmont
LGAs around City of Belmont:
Bayswater Bassendean Swan
Victoria Park City of Belmont Kalamunda
Victoria Park Canning Kalamunda

The City of Belmont is a local government area in the inner eastern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth, located about 8 kilometres (5 mi) east of Perth's central business district on the south bank of the Swan River. The City covers an area of 39.8 square kilometres (15.4 sq mi), maintains 225 km of roads and had a population of almost 40,000 as at the 2016 Census.]

Belmont contains Perth's domestic and international airports which account for 33.7% of the City of Belmont's land area.

History[edit]

The Belmont Road District was created on 2 December 1898. On 4 October 1907, it was renamed Belmont Park. From 1906 until 1909, Burswood Island was part of the district.

On 1 July 1961, the Belmont Park Road District became the Shire of Belmont following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1960. On 17 February 1979 it attained city status.[3][4]

Ascot and Belmont are suburbs long associated with horses, being close to the race tracks (see Ascot Racecourse and Belmont Park). Until 1956 the Belmont Spur Railway linked Bayswater on the Perth to Midland line to the Ascot race track.

Wards[edit]

The city is divided into four wards: East Ward, West Ward, Central Ward, and South Ward, each represented by two councillors. Previously, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected from among the councillors. In 2023, voters elected Robert Rossi, former West Ward Councillor and Deputy Mayor, as the city's first popularly elected Mayor. He won the election from a field of five candidates. 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.[5][6]

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.[7]

Ward[5] Councillor Joined council[5] Term ends[5] Notes[5][7]
East Phillip Marks 1999 2023 Mayor
Margie Bass 2011 2023 Previously councillor from 1996 to 2007
Bernie Ryan 2013 2025
West Robert Rossi 2003 2023 Became Deputy Mayor in 2021, having previously been in the role from 2013 to 2019

Justice of the Peace

Deborah Sessions 2021 2025
George Sekulla 2017 2025 Served as Deputy Mayor from 2019 to 2021

Justice of the Peace

South Jenny Davis 2017 2025 Member of the Australian Labor Party
Natalie Carter 2021 2025
Steve Wolff 2007 2023

Suburbs[edit]

The suburbs of the City of Belmont with population and size figures based on the most recent Australian census:[8][9]

Suburb Population Area Map
Ascot 3,095 (SAL 2021)[10] 3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi) Map
Belmont 6,959 (SAL 2021)[11] 4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi) Map
Cloverdale 8,864 (SAL 2021)[12] 3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi) Map
Kewdale 7,397 (SAL 2021)[13] 8.4 km2 (3.2 sq mi) Map
Perth Airport * 25 (SAL 2021)[14] 19.2 km2 (7.4 sq mi) Map
Redcliffe 5,030 (SAL 2021)[15] 2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi) Map
Rivervale 10,897 (SAL 2021)[16] 3.3 km2 (1.3 sq mi) Map

( * indicates suburb partially located within City)

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1911 1,088—    
1921 1,866+5.54%
1933 3,139+4.43%
1947 5,712+4.37%
1954 15,820+15.67%
1961 20,393+3.69%
1966 26,978+5.76%
1971 32,656+3.89%
1976 31,531−0.70%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1981 29,855−1.09%
1986 28,867−0.67%
1991 26,744−1.52%
1996 26,613−0.10%
2001 28,817+1.60%
2006 30,331+1.03%
2011 35,209+3.03%
2016 39,682+2.42%
2021 42,257+1.27%

Mayors[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Heritage-listed places[edit]

As of 2023, 110 places are heritage-listed in the City of Belmont,[18] of which seven are on the State Register of Heritage Places, among them the Garratt Road Bridge.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Belmont (Local Government Area)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Dietsch, Jake (23 October 2023). "Local elections: Geraldton Mayor out for the count but Liberal candidate wins a spot in Rockingham". The West Australian. Retrieved 24 October 2023.
  3. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.
  4. ^ "Local Government Act 1960-1978 - Order in Council (per LG. BL-1-10)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 22 December 1978. p. 1978:4778.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Meet your Mayor and Councillors". CIty of Belmont. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Elections". City of Belmont. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Elected Members' Contact Details and Memberships Register" (PDF). City of Belmont. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  8. ^ "SLIP Map". maps.slip.wa.gov.au. Landgate. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  9. ^ "NationalMap". nationalmap.gov.au. Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Ascot (WA) (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Belmont (WA) (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Cloverdale (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  13. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Kewdale (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  14. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Perth Airport (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  15. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Redcliffe (WA) (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Rivervale (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  17. ^ "Welcome to the Adachi Belmont Sister City Web Site". Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  18. ^ "City of Belmont Heritage Places". inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  19. ^ "City of Belmont State Register of Heritage Places". inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 16 February 2023.

External links[edit]

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