City of Joondalup

The City of Joondalup is a local government area with City status in Perth, Western Australia. It covers the metropolitan Perth city of Joondalup in its entirety, as well as the town centres of Hillarys and Warwick.

City of Joondalup
Western Australia
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Location of Joondalup in the Perth metropolitan area
 • Density1,561.6/km2 (4,044.6/sq mi)
Area98.9 km2 (38.2 sq mi)
MayorAlbert Jacob
Council seatJoondalup
RegionNorth metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s)Carine, Hillarys, Joondalup, Kingsley, Ocean Reef
Federal Division(s)Moore
WebsiteCity of Joondalup
LGAs around City of Joondalup:
Wanneroo Wanneroo
Indian Ocean City of Joondalup Wanneroo
Stirling Stirling

The City covers an area of 98.9 square kilometres (38.2 sq mi) from Kinross in the north, to Warwick in the south, with a population of almost 155,000 at the 2016 Census. At the 2001 census, 18% of the population were born in the United Kingdom, while the area was also home to significant Italian, Polish, Macedonian, Chinese and Malaysian minorities.


The City is bounded by Beach Road to the south, Wanneroo Road and Lake Joondalup to the east, Tamala Park to the north and the Indian Ocean to the west.


Prior to the 1970s, the region now known as the City of Joondalup was sparsely populated. During the 1980s and 1990s, massive growth occurred, partly due to State Government policies which made Joondalup a regional centre, including the extension of the Mitchell Freeway and the construction of the Joondalup railway line.

Until 1998, the area had been controlled by the City of Wanneroo and its predecessors. An independent commission suggested the creation of Joondalup out of the coastal areas of Wanneroo, and the City of Joondalup came into existence on 1 July 1998.


  • 1998–2003 John Bombak
  • 2003 Don Carlos
  • 2003–2006 (suspended)
  • 2006–2017 Troy Pickard
  • 2017–present Albert Jacob

2003–2004 Council controversyEdit

Joondalup City's elected Council (including the Mayor) was suspended by Tom Stephens, the Minister for Local Government, on 5 December 2003 after receiving complaints indicating that the Council had become dysfunctional. The Council was replaced by five Commissioners; Chairman John Paterson (former Mayor of Nedlands), Peter Clough, Michael Anderson, Anne Fox and Steve Smith. The Council's power was temporarily transferred to the Commissioners, for a period envisioned to last until the Local Government elections in May 2005 (as it turned out, the next elections were in fact held in May 2006, under Section 4.14 of the Local Government Act 1995 [1][permanent dead link]).

A subsequent inquiry, referred to as the McIntyre Inquiry after its chairman Greg McIntyre, revealed in October 2005 that the Council had effectively split into two opposing groups over a controversy surrounding the qualifications of the city's chief executive officer (CEO). The CEO in question, Denis Smith, was accused of misrepresenting his educational qualifications by Deputy Mayor Don Carlos. Don Carlos demanded Denis Smith's immediate dismissal, but his motion was unsuccessful. The councillors opposed to Denis Smith's dismissal expressed the view that the CEO should not be dismissed as his performance was satisfactory. Instead, the council passed a motion forbidding Don Carlos from publicly criticising Denis Smith.

Don Carlos subsequently became Mayor of Joondalup at the next election.

Wards and suburbsEdit

City of Joondalup offices on Boas Avenue

The suburbs of the City of Joondalup are grouped into six wards, each represented by two councillors:

Ward Suburbs, villages and districts
North Ward Burns Beach, Connolly, Currambine, Iluka, Joondalup City Centre, Kinross
North Central Ward Edgewater, Heathridge, Mullaloo, Ocean Reef
Central Ward Beldon, Craigie, Kallaroo, Woodvale*
South West Ward Hillarys, Padbury, Sorrento
South Ward Duncraig, Marmion, Warwick
South East Ward Greenwood, Kingsley

* Part of Woodvale is located within the City of Wanneroo.


Year Population
1991 122,152
1996 140,193
2001 147,126
2006 149,673
2011 152,406
2016 154,445

Sister citiesEdit

Heritage listed placesEdit

As of 2020, 41 places are heritage-listed in the City of Joondalup,[3] of which one is on the State Register of Heritage Places, the Luisini Winery.[4] The winery was added to the register on 16 March 2001, with the winery building having been constructed in 1929.[5]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Joondalup (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. ^ "City of Joondalup Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  4. ^ "City of Joondalup State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Luisini Winery Group". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 2 May 2020.

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Coordinates: 31°44′42″S 115°45′58″E / 31.745°S 115.766°E / -31.745; 115.766