City of Perth

The City of Perth is a local government area and body, within the Perth metropolitan area, which is the capital of Western Australia. The local government is commonly known as Perth City Council. The City covers the Perth city centre and surrounding suburbs. The City covers an area of 20.01 square kilometres (8 sq mi) and had an estimated population of 21,092 as at 30 June 2015. On 1 July 2016 the City expanded, absorbing 1,247 residents from the City of Subiaco. The Perth City Council was suspended on 2 March 2018, pending the establishment of a public inquiry into the council, by Local Government Minister David Templeman. The council has been administered by three Commissioners since then.[3]

City of Perth
Western Australia
Population21,797 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,089.31/km2 (2,821.3/sq mi)
Area20.01 km2 (7.7 sq mi)[2]
Lord MayorLisa Scaffidi (suspended)
Council seatCouncil House, Perth
RegionCentral Perth
State electorate(s)Perth
Federal Division(s)Perth
WebsiteCity of Perth
LGAs around City of Perth:
Cambridge Vincent Vincent
Subiaco City of Perth Belmont
Nedlands South Perth Victoria Park


In 1829, Captain James Stirling founded Perth as part of the Swan River Colony. The City of Perth was officially declared on 23 September 1856.[4]

In 1915, it absorbed North Perth (1901) and Leederville (1895) municipalities, and on 1 November 1917, Victoria Park was also absorbed. A year later, it absorbed territory from Perth Road Board including the Belmont Park racecourse.

By 1962, the council had 27 members representing nine wards.[5]

On 1 July 1994, following the passage of the City of Perth Restructuring Act (1993), the City of Perth was broken up and a significantly reduced City of Perth constituted. The Town of Victoria Park, Town of Cambridge and Town of Vincent were created from the former boundaries of the City.[6] The first elections were held on 6 May 1995, with 8 councillors and a mayor.

The City of Perth Act 2016 defined Perth as the capital of Western Australia,[7] and expanded the City's boundaries to include a number of landmarks including Kings Park, University of Western Australia, Perth Children's Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre. The boundary changes took effect on 1 July 2016.[8] Approximately 1,247 residents from Nedlands and Subiaco in the City of Subiaco were transferred to the City of Perth, and the City expanded to a total area of 20.01 square kilometres (8 sq mi).[2]


Since 2 March 2018, the Council has been managed by a panel of three Commissioners appointed by the Government of Western Australia, pending the results of an inquiry into the activities of the suspended council.[3][9][10] The elected City of Perth comprises eight Councillors elected proportionally, with no divisions into wards. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. Elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October, with four councillors elected for a four-year term at each election. The Lord Mayor is directly-elected for a four-year term, with the Deputy Lord Mayor elected for one year by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council.[11]

Chair CommissionerEric Lumsden2 March 2018 – presentChairperson of the Western Australian Planning Commission[12][3]
Deputy Chair CommissionerGaye McMath2 March 2018 – presentFormer Executive Director of Perth Education City[12][3]
CommissionerAndrew Hammond2 March 2018 – presentChief Executive Officer of the City of Rockingham[12][3]
Martin Mileham1 September 2016 – 29 October 2018[13][14][15][16]
Murray Jorgensen OAM JP (acting)13 November 2018 – present[17]

Council composition (currently suspended)

The Lord Mayor was elected in October 2015 and, pending the results of the public inquiry, the current term will expire in October 2019. The most recent councillor elections were held in October 2015, for terms ending in October 2019, and in October 2017, for terms ending in October 2021, and the makeup of the currently suspended council, in order of election and term, is as follows:[11]

Lord Mayor[18]   Lisa Scaffidi Independent
2015–2019[18]   Janet Davidson Independent
  Jim Adamos Independent
  Jemma Green Independent Deputy Lord Mayor 2017–[19]
  Lily Chen Independent
2017–2021[20]   Steve Hasluck Independent
  James Limnios Independent Deputy Lord Mayor 2015–2017[21]
  Lexi Barton Independent
  Reece Harley Independent


* The parts of these suburbs north of Newcastle and Summers Streets fall within the City of Vincent. These localities are only partially contained within the City of Perth boundary.
** The parts of these localities were transferred from the City of Subiaco in 2016. These localities are only partially contained within the City of Perth boundary.


Year Population

The 1991 population has been broken down by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as follows: Perth (C) 7,604; Cambridge (T) 22,740; Victoria Park (T) 24,313; Vincent (T) 24,765.[22]

The official population of the City of Perth as of 30 June 2015 is 21,092.[23]

Twin towns and sister cities

The City of Perth is twinned with:


Flag of Perth

The official Flag of Perth represents the city of Perth, Western Australia. It features the Saint George's Cross overlaid with the City of Perth Coat of Arms in the centre.[25][26][27]

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Perth (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  2. "FAQs for Transitioning Residents". City of Perth. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. Hon David Templeman MP (2 March 2018). "City of Perth council suspended, inquiry panel to determine fate" (Media Release). Western Australian Government. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. "The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA: 1855-1901) Wednesday, 24th September, 1856, page 2".
  5. WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 2.0), 31 May 2003.
  6. "City of Perth Restructuring Act 1993". Act of 20 December 1993. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  7. "City of Perth Act 2016". Act of 3 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  8. Foster, Brendan (26 February 2016). "City of Perth Act could cost jobs and impact services in Subiaco: Mayor". Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  9. Kagi, Jacob; Shepherd, Briana (3 March 2018). "Perth City Council suspended by Minister David Templeman after years of scandal and infighting". ABC News. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  10. "Confidence to be returned to ratepayers", Media Release, City of Perth, 9 March 2018
  11. "Council Elections". City of Perth. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  12. "Commissioners". City of Perth. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  13. "Council Sets New Course for City with Appointment of CEO" (Media Release). City of Perth. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  14. Strutt, Jessica (19 February 2018). "City of Perth chief executive Martin Mileham takes indefinite personal leave". ABC News. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  15. Emery, Kate (27 April 2018). "City of Perth's Martin Mileham takes leave as inquiry looms". The West Australian. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  16. Laschon, Eliza (30 October 2018). "Ex-City of Perth CEO Martin Mileham considers legal action after being sacked". ABC News. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  17. "City of Perth appoints CEO" (Media Release). CIty of Perth. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  18. "2015 Ordinary Election Perth Results". Local Government Elections. Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  19. Strutt, Jessica (28 October 2017). "New Perth Deputy Lord Mayor Jemma Green plots a new course to Lisa Scaffidi". ABC News. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  20. "2017 Ordinary Election Perth Results". Local Government Elections. Western Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  21. Titelius, Regina (22 October 2015). "James Limnios elected City of Perth's new deputy Lord Mayor". PerthNow. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  22. Time series data accompanying 2001 Census at Accessed 10 December 2009.
  23. "City of Perth Estimated Resident Population". .id. Retrieved 9 April 2016. The official population of the City of Perth as of the 30th June 2015, is 21,092.
  24. 姉妹・友好・兄弟都市 [Twin cities]. Kagoshima International Affairs Division (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  25. "History of the Council". City of Perth. Retrieved 19 December 2013.

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