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City of Melville
Western Australia
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City of Melville Council Offices
 • Density 1,860.10/km2 (4,817.6/sq mi)
Established 1900
Area 52.73 km2 (20.4 sq mi)
Mayor George Gear
Council seat Booragoon
Region South Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s) Willagee, Alfred Cove, Bateman, Fremantle, Riverton
Federal Division(s) Tangney, Fremantle
Coat of arms of the City of Melville.svg
Website City of Melville
LGAs around City of Melville:
East Fremantle Swan River South Perth
Fremantle City of Melville Canning
Fremantle Cockburn Cockburn

The City of Melville is a local government area in the southern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth, east of the port city of Fremantle and about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of Perth's central business district. The City covers an area of 52.73 square kilometres (20.36 sq mi) and had a population of about 98,000 as at the 2016 Census.


Melville was originally established on 14 December 1900 as the East Fremantle Road District under the Roads Boards Act 1871. It was renamed Melville six months later. In 1923, it received a large amount of land from Jandakot Road District when that entity was abolished.

On 1 July 1961, it became a shire following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1960. The Shire of Melville was declared a town on 28 September 1962, and a city on 3 May 1968.

The City of Melville maintains 463 km of roads and 2.10 km² of parks and gardens.


The City is divided into six wards, each of two councillors. Each councillor serves a four-year term, and half-elections are held every two years. The mayor is directly elected.

  • Applecross-Mt Pleasant Ward
  • Bicton-Attadale Ward
  • Bullcreek-Leeming Ward
  • City Ward
  • Palmyra-Melville-Willagee Ward
  • University Ward


( * indicates suburb partially located within City)

Indigenous sites of significance

There are several significant Noongar sites within the City of Melville precinct.


Year Population
1911 565
1921 2,360
1933 4,628
1947 7,547
1954 19,810
1961 39,207
1966 47,887
1971 52,976
1976 54,384
1981 61,211
1986 67,131
1991 84,369
1996 88,422
2001 90,264
2006 93,003
2011 95,700

Sports and recreation

The City is home to 23 active reserves, 100+ passive reserves and two leisure centres featuring indoor courts and 50m and 25m indoor heated pools. The City caters for a diverse number of sporting and recreation codes, including, but not limited to:

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Australian Football
  • Baseball/Softball/Tee-ball
  • BMX
  • Bowls
  • Cricket
  • Gaelic Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Homing Pigeon
  • Netball
  • Personal Training/Fitness Groups
  • Rowing
  • Rugby League and Union
  • Soccer/Football
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Synchronised Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Triathlon Training
  • Walking/Running
  • Water Polo

The City maintains a Community Information Directory which can be used to find locations and contact details for 70+ inclusive sporting and recreation clubs operating within the City of Melville.

Some of the clubs include:

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