City of Nedlands

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City of Nedlands
Western Australia
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The City of Nedlands within the Perth Metropolitan Area
 • Density1,060/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Area20 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
MayorFiona Argyle
Council seatNedlands
RegionWest Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s)Nedlands, Cottesloe
Federal division(s)Curtin
City of Nedlands Logo.svg
WebsiteCity of Nedlands
LGAs around City of Nedlands:
Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge
Indian Ocean City of Nedlands Subiaco
Cottesloe Claremont Perth

The City of Nedlands is a local government area in the inner western suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth, about 7 kilometres (4 mi) west of Perth's central business district. The City is situated within the western suburbs of the metropolitan area—known colloquially as the “golden triangle” for the concentration of wealth and high housing values.


The City of Nedlands originated in the Claremont Road District, which was established on 30 March 1893 after a petition from ratepayers who lived in the areas of Nedlands and Claremont, which had grown substantially in population at the end of the 19th century. Seven men were nominated to the new Board, which became the first local government authority for the Nedlands/Claremont area.[3]

In 1898, Claremont itself split away to form a municipal government, which still exists today as the Town of Claremont.[3]

It was renamed the Nedlands Road District on 12 August 1932 and given municipal status as the Municipality of Nedlands on 17 February 1956. It then assumed its current name when it was granted city status on 1 July 1959.[3] The City was made up of four wards – Melvista, Hollywood, Dalkeith and Coastal. These wards continue to the present day.

Following an unsuccessful effort to amalgamate metropolitan local governments in 2016, the state government expanded the boundary of the City of Perth to incorporate a portion of the City of Nedlands that included the University of Western Australia and surrounding residential areas.

Following the change of government in the 2017 state election, the City of Nedlands experienced sustained political pressure to accommodate infill development and higher residential densities.[4][5] The failure of Council to cooperate in replacing the City’s 30-year old planning scheme led to the imposition of a new planning scheme by the Minister of Planning. A subsequent spate of development applications led to significant community unrest and opposition and contributed to the resignations of key executive staff[6] (including the chief executive officer and director of planning) and the mayor.[7]


The town is divided into four wards, each electing three councillors. The mayor is directly elected.

  • Coastal Ward
  • Dalkeith Ward
  • Hollywood Ward
  • Melvista Ward


* Shared with other council areas (Subiaco; Cambridge; Perth)


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1911 1,230—    
1921 3,557+11.20%
1933 10,580+9.51%
1947 18,226+3.96%
1954 22,814+3.26%
1961 23,218+0.25%
1966 23,320+0.09%
1971 22,878−0.38%
1976 20,974−1.72%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1981 20,257−0.69%
1986 18,623−1.67%
1991 20,210+1.65%
1996 20,598+0.38%
2001 21,047+0.43%
2006 20,334−0.69%
2011 20,534+0.20%
2016 21,121+0.57%

Heritage listed places[edit]

As of 2021, there are 21 places on the State Register of Heritage Places in the City of Nedlands, among them the Captain Stirling Hotel and Graylands Hospital.[8]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Nedlands (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. ^ a b c "Municipality Boundary Amendments Register" (PDF). Western Australian Electoral Distribution Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ Piesse, Emily (13 February 2018). "Nedlands residents concerned high density plan will lead to traffic, environmental issues". ABC News. Retrieved 16 March 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Hamlyn, Charlotte; Emily, Piesse (30 January 2019). "City of Nedlands forced to increase housing density by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti". ABC News.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Pascual Juanola, Marta (11 November 2020). "Nedlands planning director resigns amid avalanche of development applications". WA Today. Retrieved 16 March 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ de Kruijf, Peter (23 February 2021). "Western suburbs mayor exits, leaving Nedlands leadership vacuum". WA Today. Retrieved 16 March 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "City of Nedlands State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2021.

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Coordinates: 31°58′55″S 115°48′25″E / 31.982°S 115.807°E / -31.982; 115.807