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City of South Perth
Western Australia
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The City of South Perth within the Perth Metropolitan Area
 • Density 2,121/km2 (5,490/sq mi)
Established 1892
Area 19.8 km2 (7.6 sq mi)
Mayor Greg Milner
Council seat South Perth
Region South Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s) South Perth
Federal Division(s) Swan
Website City of South Perth
LGAs around City of South Perth:
Perth Perth Victoria Park
Nedlands City of South Perth Canning
Melville Melville Canning
South Perth Council Buildings
Council chamber buildings

The City of South Perth is a local government area in the inner southern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of Perth's central business district. The City covers an area of 19.9 square kilometres (7.7 sq mi), maintains 203 kilometres (126 mi) of roads and a little over 4.3 km2 of parks and gardens, and had a population of about 42,000 at the 2016 Census. The City is the entirety of the state electoral district of South Perth. An area of Kensington joined into South Perth after the 2013 redistribution, although dwindling population growth in Victoria Park may mean that part of the City will move back.

The area broadly forms a peninsula, being bounded on three sides by the waters of the Swan and Canning rivers.


The South Perth Road District was formed on 9 June 1892 and the district became a municipality on 21 February 1902. It then reverted to a road district on 1 March 1922, but regained municipality status on 1 March 1956. It was granted city status on 1 July 1959.

In 2014, the WA State Government mounted a proposal for local government reform; the City of South Perth was proposed to be amalgamated with the Town of Victoria Park, together with a sizable portion of the City of Canning. A poll took place during January–February 2015, with the question: "Should the City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park be abolished and amalgamated to form a new local government?". The informally (non-binding) suggested name for the new entity was 'City of South Park'.

In order for the poll to prevent the amalgamation from proceeding, at least 50% of electors from either local government were required to vote, and of those, more than half needed to vote against the proposal. At the conclusion of the poll at 6.00pm on 7 February 2015, the outcome was that for South Perth, 50.83% of the City's 26,789 electors voted, with 77.75% voting against the proposal. Although only 38.02% of the Town of Victoria Park's 20,136 electors voted, of those, a clear majority (61.58%) voted against the proposal. However, with more than 50% poll returns, the City of South Perth response was sufficient to cancel the amalgamation of these local governments, and they remained as separate entities.


The City of South Perth is divided into six wards, each of whom elect two councillors. The mayor is directly elected.

  • Mill Point
  • Moresby
  • Como Beach
  • Manning


The suburbs of the City of South Perth are known for being very affluent due to their proximity to the river, private schools and the CBD, all are well above the state's average. The following table contains the suburbs and their median house price.

Suburb Median House price
Como $810,000
Karawara $845,000
Kensington $855,000
Manning $805,000
Salter Point $1,125,000
South Perth $1,225,000
Waterford $1,152,000


The City of South Perth has two libraries with branches in Manning and South Perth.

The two libraries have in excess of 70,000 items over both locations. The collection contains digital and traditional items including, new and popular titles across an extensive range of books, music CDs, DVDs, talking books, magazines and playaways for the whole family.

A regular events program run throughout the year is designed to educate and entertain all ages.

Library Website

The City of South Perth Local History Collection is a source of knowledge, ideas, stories and memories. It is developed and managed as a community resource to inspire, educate and inform the community and visitors and to contribute to the conservation of the history and heritage of the City of South Perth.

The collection provides and preserves information about the suburbs of South Perth, Como, Kensington, Manning, Karawara and Salter Point.

Picture South Perth is an online collection of historic images dating back to the 1870s that showcases the people, places and events that have shaped the City of South Perth. It contains images from the City of South Perth's Local History Collection which have been scanned and catalogued by dedicated library staff.

Picture South Perth


Year Population
1903 947
1911 1,197
1921 2,960
1933 8,731
1947 15,266
1954 21,214
1961 29,941
1966 32,042
1971 31,702
1976 30,388
1981 31,524
1986 32,626
1991 34,007
1996 34,819
2001 35,228
2006 38,361
2011 40,739
  • The History of South Perth, by F K Crowley. Rigby Limited 1962
  • Peninsula City, by Cecil Florey. City of South Perth 1995


The City of South Perth is home to numerous primary schools, and five major secondary schools.


  • Aquinas College
  • Como Secondary College
  • Penrhos College
  • Wesley College
  • Clontarf Aboriginal College


  • Como Primary School
  • Collier Primary School
  • Curtin Primary School
  • Kensington Primary School
  • Manning Primary School
  • St Columba's Catholic Primary School
  • Saint Pius X Primary School
  • South Perth Primary School
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