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City of Canning
Western Australia
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The City of Canning within the Perth Metropolitan Area
 • Density 1,391.7/km2 (3,604/sq mi)
Established 1871
Area 64.8 km2 (25.0 sq mi)
Mayor Patrick Hall
Council seat Cannington
Region South East Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s) Cannington, Victoria Park, Belmont, Riverton, Southern River
Federal Division(s) Swan, Tangney, Canning
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Website City of Canning
LGAs around City of Canning:
South Perth Victoria Park Belmont
Melville City of Canning Kalamunda
Cockburn Gosnells Gosnells

The City of Canning is a local government area in the southeastern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth, about 10 kilometres (6 mi) southeast of Perth's central business district. The City covers an area of 64.8 square kilometres (25.0 sq mi) and had a population of approximately 90,000 as at the 2016 Census.


In 1871, the Canning Road District was established under the District Roads Act 1871, covering a very wide area to the southeast of Perth. On 1 July 1907, it was abolished and split into the Queen's Park Municipal District and Gosnells Road District (later to become the City of Gosnells). In 1921, Queen's Park was renamed to Canning Road District, and two years later received a large amount of land from Jandakot Road District when that entity was abolished.

On 1 July 1961, Canning Road District became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960. In 1970 it became a town and in 1978 it attained city status.

In late 2012, an inquiry against the Canning City Council launched by the State Government's Department of Local Government resulted in a 476-page report "pointing to widespread dysfunction, micromanagement and alleged serious governance irregularities." As a result, the State Government ordered the suspension of the Council, appointing Linton Reynolds to replace it as City Commissioner.

Two years later, in mid-September 2014, it was reported that the State Government had sacked the four remaining Canning councillors, to be replaced by a panel of three new Commissioners upon the end of Commissioner Reynolds' tenure on September 16. As part of the Department of Local Governments' plans, in which the number of local councils will be reduced drastically, it was announced that the City of Canning would be split up and merged into neighbouring local areas, including the City of Gosnells and City of Melville.


The city is divided into five wards with each ward electing two councillors while the mayor is directly elected.

  • Mason Ward
  • Bannister Ward
  • Beeliar Ward
  • Nicholson Ward
  • Beeloo Ward


( * indicates suburb partially located within City)


Year Population
1911 1,207
1921 2,006
1933 3,208
1947 5,203
1954 13,419
1961 17,701
1966 23,604
1971 35,382
1976 43,337
1981 52,816
1986 60,736
1991 65,697
1996 67,875
2001 72,961
2006 77,305
2011 85,514

Sister cities

Canning also shares a friendship agreement with Italy Fresagrandinaria, Abruzzo, Italy.

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