City of Perth

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This article is about a local government area and body. For the metropolitan area, see Perth. For the central business district of Perth, Western Australia, see Perth (suburb). For the city in Scotland, see Perth, Scotland.
City of Perth
Western Australia
Perth LGA WA.png
Population 20,285 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 2,540/km2 (6,600/sq mi)
Established 1856
Area 8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)[2]
Mayor Lisa Scaffidi
Council seat Perth
Region Central Perth
State electorate(s) Perth
Federal Division(s) Perth
Coat of arms of the City of Perth.svg
Website City of Perth
LGAs around City of Perth:
Cambridge Vincent Vincent
Subiaco City of Perth Belmont
Nedlands South Perth Victoria Park

The City of Perth is a local government area and body, within the Perth metropolitan area, which is the capital of Western Australia. The local government body is commonly known as Perth City Council. The city covers the Perth central business district and surrounding suburbs. The city covers an area of 12.7 square kilometres (5 sq mi) and had an estimated population of 18,988 as at June 2012. These figures would be more than doubled under controversial boundary changes proposed by the state's Coalition Government to take effect from July 2015.[3][4]


City of Perth offices lit at night

The City of Perth was declared on 20 September 1856. In 1915, it absorbed North Perth (1901) and Leederville (1895) municipalities, and on 1 November 1917, Victoria Park was also absorbed. A year later, it absorbed territory from Perth Road Board including the Belmont Park racecourse. By 1962, the council had 27 members representing nine wards.[5]

On 1 July 1994, following the passage of the City of Perth Restructuring Act (1993), the City of Perth was broken up and a revised (and significantly reduced) City of Perth, Town of Victoria Park, Town of Cambridge and Town of Vincent were created. The first elections were held on 6 May 1995, with 8 councillors and a mayor.


The city has 8 councillors and no wards. Each councillor serves a four-year term, and half-elections are held every two years. The mayor is directly elected.


* The parts of these suburbs north of Newcastle and Summers Streets fall within the City of Vincent. These localities are only partially contained within the LGA boundary.


Year Population
1911 35,767
1921 64,166
1933 82,290
1947 98,890
1954 97,350
1961 94,508
1966 96,223
1971 97,546
1976 87,598
1981 79,398
1986 79,409
1991 79,422
1996 80,488
2001 110,180
2006 110,573
2011 160,714

The 1991 population has been broken down by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as follows: Perth (C) 7,604; Cambridge (T) 22,740; Victoria Park (T) 24,313; Vincent (T) 24,765.[6]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

The City of Perth is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "City of Perth Community Profile". Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Bickers, Claire; Quartermain, Lisa City of Perth boundary changes include Leederville, Burswood, Beaufort St at PerthNow, 28 July 2013
  4. ^ Government alters amalgamation plan to include all of Vincent in City of Perth ABC News, 4 November 2013
  5. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 2.0), 31 May 2003.
  6. ^ Time series data accompanying 2001 Census at Accessed 10 December 2009.
  7. ^ 姉妹・友好・兄弟都市 [Twin cities]. Kagoshima International Affairs Division (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 

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Coordinates: 31°57′S 115°51′E / 31.950°S 115.850°E / -31.950; 115.850