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 has a population of over 223,000, making it the largest local government area by population in Western Australia.

This article is about a local government authority. For Scottish city, see Stirling. For suburb, see Stirling, Western Australia.

Local government area in Western Australia
City of Stirling
Western Australia

The City of Stirling within the Perth Metropolitan Area
 • Density 2,120/km2 (5,490/sq mi)
Established 1871
Area 105.2 km2 (40.6 sq mi)
Mayor Mark Irwin
Council seat Stirling
Region North Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s) Curtin, Perth, Stirling
Website City of Stirling
LGAs around City of Stirling:
Joondalup and Wanneroo Swan
Indian Ocean City of Stirling Bayswater
Cambridge Vincent

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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]

At a meeting of electors in May 2021, electors passed a motion that the City of Stirling be renamed, causing it be considered at the next council meeting. The rationale was that the namesake of the city is James Stirling, the first governor of Western Australia, who is known for playing a leading role in the 1834 Pinjarra massacre of between 15 and 80 indigenous people.[5] The motion made national news, and sparked a barrage of hateful messages towards the City of Stirling.[6] Among suggestions was for a dual name to be adopted, involving a Noongar name. A report released by the city two weeks later stated that the name change was not a priority, and that there were significant costs associated with any name change.[7] At the council meeting on 8 June, arguments were put forth either way, but no motions regarding changing the name were carried. The meeting was attended by over 100 people, an unusually high number.[8][9]

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

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