City of Melville

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City of Melville
Western Australia
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Population98,083 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,860.10/km2 (4,817.6/sq mi)
Area52.73 km2 (20.4 sq mi)
MayorRussell Aubrey
Council seatBooragoon
RegionSouth Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s)Willagee, Alfred Cove, Bateman, Fremantle, Riverton
Federal Division(s)Tangney, Fremantle
Melville city coat-of-arms SMC 2006.jpg
WebsiteCity of Melville
LGAs around City of Melville:
East Fremantle Swan River South Perth
Fremantle City of Melville Canning
Fremantle Cockburn Cockburn

The City of Melville is a local government area in the southern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth, east of the port city of Fremantle and about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of Perth's central business district. The City covers an area of 52.73 square kilometres (20.36 sq mi) and had a population of about 98,000 as at the 2016 Census.


Melville was originally established on 14 December 1900 as the East Fremantle Road District under the Roads Boards Act 1871. It was renamed Melville six months later. In 1923, it received a large amount of land from Jandakot Road District when that entity was abolished.[2]

On 1 July 1961, it became a shire following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1960. The Shire of Melville was declared a town on 28 September 1962,[3] and a city on 3 May 1968.[4]

The City of Melville maintains 463 km of roads and 2.10 km² of parks and gardens.


The City is divided into six wards, each of two councillors. Each councillor serves a four-year term, and half-elections are held every two years. The mayor is directly elected.

  • Applecross-Mt Pleasant Ward
  • Bicton-Attadale Ward
  • Bullcreek-Leeming Ward
  • City Ward
  • Palmyra-Melville-Willagee Ward
  • University Ward


Indigenous sites of significance[edit]

There are several significant Noongar sites within the City of Melville precinct.[5][6]


Year Population
1911 565
1921 2,360
1933 4,628
1947 7,547
1954 19,810
1961 39,207
1966 47,887
1971 52,976
1976 54,384
1981 61,211
1986 67,131
1991 84,369
1996 88,422
2001 90,264
2006 93,003
2011 95,700



Local sporting clubs include:



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Melville (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Local Government Act, 1960. Declaration as a Town. Provisions Concerning Elections. (per L.G. 433/62)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 28 September 1962. p. 1962:2680–2681.
  4. ^ "Local Government Act, 1960–1967. Order in Council". Western Australia Government Gazette. 3 May 1968. p. 1968:1245.
  5. ^ "Aboriginal History in the City of Melville". City of Melville. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Sites of Cultural Significance in the City of Melville". City of Melville. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2015.


  • Cooper, W S; McDonald, G (1989). A City for all Seasons: The story of Melville. Ardross, WA: City of Melville. ISBN 0949663034.
  • Uren, Malcolm J L (1975). The City of Melville: From Bushland to Expanding Metropolis. Ardross, WA: City of Melville. ISBN 0959966927.

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Coordinates: 32°02′20″S 115°49′52″E / 32.039°S 115.831°E / -32.039; 115.831