The City of Stirling initiated the Better Suburbs project in 2016 to improve the suburbs of Balga, Dianella (north of Morley Drive), Nollamara, Mirrabooka and Westminster and parts of Balcatta, Hamersley, Tuart Hill and Yokine near Wanneroo Road and Morley Drive.

The City is committed to delivering high quality urban places and spaces, where people choose to live, work, visit and invest. This includes safe and thriving neighbourhoods with a range of housing, employment, and recreational opportunities, whilst ensuring protection of the City's natural environment.

The City of Stirling's draft Local Planning Strategy guides the Better Suburbs project. The Strategy aims to:

    • Focus investment, jobs and housing growth on corridors and centres​
    • Maintain residential areas of the City for family and larger households
    • Increase tree coverage
    • Improve the overall liveability of the City and
    • Protect and enhance the City's natural environment

The project will deliver a plan to encourage development of a range of housing types, improved open spaces and more tree coverage. It will also identify opportunities for growth around centres and along transport corridors and the retention of areas for family housing.

Community Consultation

Listening Posts and Community Survey

Community consultation for the Better Suburbs project started in December 2017.

The City set up eight listening posts across the Better Suburbs area between 08 December 2016 and 10 December 2016 as follows:

Mirrabooka VillageThursday 8 December 9.00 am - 11.00 am
Nollamara shopsThursday 8 December 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm
Stirling CentralThursday 8 December 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Balga Friday MarketsFriday 9 December 9.00 am - 11.00 am
Mirrabooka MosqueFriday 9 December 12.45 pm - 2.45pm
Nollamara Buddhist CentreFriday 9 December 3.30 pm - 6.00pm
Mirrabooka Shopping CentreSaturday 10 December 9.00 am - 11.00 am

City officers talked to landowners, tenants and visitors to learn their views on their suburbs. Participants also completed a survey that covered a range of development issues affecting the better Suburbs area. The Survey was also available on the City's website.

The survey ended on 28 February 2017 by which time the City had received 864 completed surveys.

Community Workshops

During March and April 2017, the City held a series of vision/design workshops for at which City officers worked with the participants to create a long-term vision and to generate design options to manage the key planning issues. The City held a workshop for each of the five geographical areas shown on the map below.  


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Workshop Presentations

Vision and Design Workshop Presentation - Balga

Vision and Design Workshop Presentation - Dianella

Vision and Design Workshop Presentation - Nollamara and Westminister

Vision and Design Workshop Presentation - Mirrabooka

Vision and Design Workshop Presentation - Activity Corridor

Workshop Outcome Report

Vision and Design Community Workshops Report

From July to August 2017, the City will meet with community groups, building industry representatives and State Government Agencies to generate ideas on multi-generational housing, shop houses and centre design. The community and stakeholder inputs will shape the draft plans for the Better Suburbs area, which the City and its consultant team are preparing. 

Community Open Days

The City will present draft plans for the Better Suburbs Area at Community Open Days later in 2017. The City will post notifications of the dates and venues for the Community Open Days on this website, at libraries and in the local newspapers.

Following the public open days, the draft plans will be finalised and a report prepared seeking Council's permission to advertise the plans for public comment. 

Public Advertising

The City expects that formal advertising of the Better Suburbs plans will occur towards the middle of 2018.      

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Better Suburbs Project
City of Stirling
PO Box 1533
Osborne Park WA 6916