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City of Stirling
Western Australia
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The City of Stirling within the Perth Metropolitan Area
 • Density 2,120/km2 (5,500/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)
  • Balcatta, Carine, Mount Lawley, Nollamara, Scarborough
  • Sections of Churchlands*, Girrawheen, Morley
Federal Division(s) Curtin, Perth, Stirling
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Website City of Stirling
LGAs around City of Stirling:
Joondalup and Wanneroo Swan
Indian Ocean City of Stirling Bayswater
Cambridge Vincent

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.


Stirling was established in 1871 as the Perth Road District under the District Roads Act 1871. 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, all road districts became shires effective from 1 July 1961. The Shire of Perth had a population of 84,000 in 1961. It was declared a city and renamed Stirling on 24 January 1971.


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



City of Stirling offices.
Year Population
1911 5,066
1921 12,043
1933 19,987
1947 30,989
1954 50,090
1961 84,045
1966 114,410
1971 154,882
1976 162,313
1981 161,858
1986 164,687
1991 172,064
1996 172,819
2001 167,578
2006 176,872
2011 195,702
  • The 1996 figure includes 9,703 residents who were transferred to the City of Bayswater in 1998.


The City of Stirling holds 6 libraries. They are the:

  • Scarborough Library
  • Karrinyup Library
  • Dianella Library
  • Inglewood Library
  • Mirrabooka Library
  • Osborne Library
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