City of Fremantle

The City of Fremantle is a local government area in the south of Perth, Western Australia. The City covers an area of 19.0 square kilometres (7.3 sq mi), and lies about 19 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of the Perth central business district.

City of Fremantle
Western Australia
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 • Density1,521/km2 (3,939/sq mi)
Area19.0 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
MayorBrad Pettitt
Council seatFremantle
RegionSouthern Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s)Fremantle, Willagee, Cottesloe
Federal Division(s)Fremantle
Coat of arms of the City of Fremantle.svg
WebsiteCity of Fremantle
LGAs around City of Fremantle:
Indian Ocean Mosman Park East Fremantle
Indian Ocean City of Fremantle Melville
Indian Ocean Cockburn Cockburn


In 1848 a town trust was formed comprising a chairman and a committee of five. For the next twenty-three years they set about constructing roads and many public buildings with the use of convict labour. By 1870 the population of Fremantle had reached 3,796 and it was a moderately flourishing town, resulting in a move among the colonists to secure greater control of the management of their affairs.

The Municipality of Fremantle was formed on 21 February 1871, with the new council having a chairman and nine councillors.[3] Two of the major achievements of the town council were a reliable supply of pure water and a more efficient system of sanitation. By 1928 Fremantle had a population of 22,340 and an annual revenue of £73,354 - enough to warrant a claim for city status. The City of Fremantle assumed its current name when city status was conferred upon Fremantle on 3 June 1929 as a Centenary of Western Australia honour.[4][5]

North Fremantle, originally part of Fremantle, broke away in October 1895 to become an independent municipality. The first mayor of North Fremantle was Daniel Keen Congdon.[6] The two municipalities were reunited by an order of the Governor in Executive Council as from 1 November 1961.[7]


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

  • North Ward
  • Hilton Ward
  • South Ward
  • Beaconsfield Ward
  • City Ward
  • East Ward

Mayors of FremantleEdit


East Fremantle has its own town council and is not governed by the City of Fremantle.


Town Hall Centre (City of Fremantle offices)
Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1911 14,499—    
1921 17,566+1.94%
1933 16,998−0.27%
1947 18,791+0.72%
1954 22,795+2.80%
1961 21,980−0.52%
1966 25,284+2.84%
1971 26,036+0.59%
1976 23,497−2.03%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1981 22,484−0.88%
1986 22,709+0.20%
1991 23,687+0.85%
1996 24,022+0.28%
2001 24,713+0.57%
2006 24,835+0.10%
2011 26,582+1.37%
2016 28,893+1.68%
  • The 1961 population of the former Town of North Fremantle was 2,363.


The economy of the city is highly stable and diversified with various local businesses trading successfully in the vicinity. The key industries include port and shipping, regional and state government services, hospital and community services, tourism, education, retail, etc. In 2014, over 4,472 registered businesses were operating in the city and the size of the workforce in the city centre had reached 8,849 in 2011.[8]

Sister city relationsEdit

Fremantle has sister city relationships with five other cities.[9] They are (in chronological order):

Fremantle also has friendship-city relationships with three cities:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Fremantle (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017.  
  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. ^ "Municipality Boundary Amendments Register" (PDF). Western Australian Electoral Distribution Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ "FREMANTLE A CITY". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 1 June 1929. p. 4 Edition: FINAL SPORTING EDITION. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  5. ^ How the council developed 1829-1972. (1972). In Gateway, Vol. 1, No. 1 June 1972, pp. 30-31.
  6. ^ W. B. Kimberly, ed. (1897). History of West Australia. p. 24.
  7. ^ Ewers, J.K. (1971). The Western Gateway: a history of Fremantle, 2nd Ed. p.179.
  8. ^ "Economy". City of Fremantle.
  9. ^ "Sister cities and international relations". City of Fremantle website. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2011.

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Coordinates: 32°03′25″S 115°44′38″E / 32.0569°S 115.7439°E / -32.0569; 115.7439