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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 covers an area of 20.0 square kilometres (7.7 sq mi), maintains 137 km of roads and a little over 380 hectares (939 acres) of parks and gardens, and has a population of over 21,000 as of 2016.

City of Nedlands
Western Australia
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Population 21,121 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 1,060/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Established 1893
Area 20 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
Mayor Max Hipkins
Council seat Nedlands
Region West Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s) Nedlands, Cottesloe
Federal Division(s) Curtin
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Website City of Nedlands
LGAs around City of Nedlands:
Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge
Indian Ocean City of Nedlands Subiaco
Cottesloe Claremont Perth



The City of Nedlands had its origins in the Claremont Road District, which was created in 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. In 1898, Claremont itself split away to form a municipal government, which still exists today as the Town of Claremont.

In 1932, the Claremont Road Board was renamed Nedlands, and on 1 July 1959, it became a city. The City was made up of four wards – Melvista, Hollywood, Dalkeith and Coastal. These wards continue to the present day.


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)


Year Population
1911 1,230
1921 3,557
1933 10,580
1947 18,226
1954 22,814
1961 23,218
1966 23,320
1971 22,878
1976 20,974
1981 20,257
1986 18,623
1991 20,210
1996 20,598
2001 21,047
2006 20,334
2011 20,534
2016 21,121


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Nedlands (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017.  

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