Celebrating Our Diverse Community

The City of Stirling acknowledges the original custodians of this land, the Wadjak people of the Nyoongar Nation and pays its respect to the Elders past and present.

Australia is home to the oldest continuous living culture in the world. The City of Stirling is located in a region that has been home to Wadjak people for over 40,000 years. Wadjak is one of 14 language groups that are part of the Nyoongar nation that covers the south west of Western Australia.

Stirling is a City that prides itself on protecting and celebrating its heritage. We place high value on our rich culture and the many sites of significance to Aboriginal people within the City of Stirling. We work closely with the Aboriginal community to develop and implement our Reconciliation Action plan. We are heavily involved in Reconciliation and NAIDOC events and have developed a range culturally appropriate programs that showcase Aboriginal peoples contribution to our thriving community.

For more information about these initiatives please go to Reconciliation and Aboriginal Community

In addition to our rich Aboriginal cultural heritage the City of Stirling is also proud to be chosen as the new home of many migrants who have settled in our community from all over the world. Between 2009 and 2014, 16,563 migrants arrived in the City of Stirling. 46% of these migrants arrived under the skilled migrant stream, 26% under the family migration stream and 10% under the Humanitarian stream.

The City of Stirling is one of the most diverse local governments in Australia. Statistics from the 2011 Census show 64% of the City's 200,000+ residents have a parent who was born overseas and over 24% speak a language other than English at home. The most widely spoken languages other than English are Italian, Vietnamese, Macedonian and Mandarin.

As a City of migration we are lucky to benefit from the skills, knowledge and experiences that our new residents bring. The increasing diversity of our community brought about by migration creates many economic, social and cultural benefits.

To find out about some of the initiatives the City of Stirling implements to support newcomers and harness the benefits of cultural diversity please visit our Multicultural Communities page