City of Stirling

The City of Stirling is a local government area in the northern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth about 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of Perth's central business district. The City covers an area of 105.2 square kilometres (40.6 sq mi) and had a population of over 210,000 as at the 2016 Census, making it the largest local government area by population in Western Australia.

City of Stirling
Western Australia
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 • Density1,998.2/km2 (5,175.2/sq mi)
Area105.2 km2 (40.6 sq mi)
MayorMark Irwin
Council seatStirling
RegionNorth Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Curtin, Perth, Stirling
City of Stirling.svg
WebsiteCity of Stirling
LGAs around City of Stirling:
Joondalup and Wanneroo Swan
Indian Ocean City of Stirling Bayswater
Cambridge Vincent


Stirling was established on 24 January 1871 as the Perth Road District under the District Roads Act 1871.[3] The district at that time included what are now the Cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup, Bayswater and Belmont.

With the passage of the Local Government Act 1960, which reformed all road districts into shires, it became the Shire of Perth. The Shire of Perth had a population of 84,000 in 1961. It was declared a city and renamed Stirling on 24 January 1971.[4][3]


The city has been divided into seven wards, each of two councillors. Each councillor serves a four-year term, and half-elections are held every two years. The mayor is elected from among the councillors.

  • Balga Ward
  • Coastal Ward
  • Doubleview Ward
  • Hamersley Ward
  • Inglewood Ward
  • Lawley Ward
  • Osborne Ward



City of Stirling offices.
Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1911 5,066—    
1921 12,043+9.05%
1933 19,987+4.31%
1947 30,989+3.18%
1954 50,090+7.10%
1961 84,045+7.67%
1966 114,410+6.36%
1971 154,882+6.24%
1976 162,313+0.94%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1981 161,858−0.06%
1986 164,687+0.35%
1991 172,064+0.88%
1996 172,819+0.09%
2001 167,578−0.61%
2006 176,872+1.09%
2011 195,702+2.04%
2016 210,208+1.44%
  • The 1996 figure includes 9,703 residents who were transferred to the City of Bayswater in 1998.


The City of Stirling holds 6 libraries. They are the:

  • Scarborough Library
  • Karrinyup Library
  • Dianella Library
  • Inglewood Library
  • Mirrabooka Library
  • Osborne Library


2019 federal election
Source: AEC
  Liberal 46.97%
  Labor 31.83%
  Greens 12.03%
  One Nation 3.61%
  Western Australia Party 2.02%
Profile of division of Stirling (WA)
Elected member Connelly, V (LP). Elected 2019.
Name derivation Named after Sir James Stirling RN, 1791-1865. Stirling was the first Governor of the Colony of Western Australia (1828–39) and took a leading role in exploring the coastal districts near the Swan, Murray, Collie, Preston, Blackwood and Vasse Rivers.
First proclaimed/election 2016/1955
Area 74 sq. kms
Demographic Inner Metropolitan
Pre-Election seat status Fairly Safe
Seat status Marginal
Location Stirling covers an area of approximately 74 sq km and contains the majority of the City of Stirling and a small portion of the City of Bayswater. Suburbs include Balcatta, Balga, Carine, Dianella (part), Gwelup, Hamersley, Joondanna, Karrinyup (part), Mirrabooka, Morley (part), Nollamara, North Beach, Osborne park (part), Scarborough (part), Stirling, Trigg, Tuart Hill, Watermans Bay, Westminster and Yokine.
Products and Industry Industries include light industrial, retail, commercial, medical, fishing, tourism and recreation.

source= AEC

Heritage-listed placesEdit

As of 2021, 640 places are heritage-listed in the City of Stirling,[5] of which 19 are on the State Register of Heritage Places.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Stirling (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. ^ a b "Municipality Boundary Amendments Register" (PDF). Western Australian Electoral Distribution Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Local Government Act 1960 — Order in Council (per LG 619/69)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 30 October 1970. p. 1970:3346. Nominates 24 January 1971 as effective date.
  5. ^ "City of Stirling Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  6. ^ "City of Stirling State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2021.

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Coordinates: 31°52′59″S 115°48′36″E / 31.883°S 115.810°E / -31.883; 115.810