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The City of Stirling (the City) is located 8 km north of Perth’s central business district and covers an area of around 100km2. Spanning 30 suburbs – from Scarborough in the west to Inglewood in the east, and from Hamersley in the north to Herdsman in the south - the City is a thriving cosmopolitan, multicultural and economic hub.

It is the largest local government area by population in Western Australia and the 17th largest in Australia. The City’s estimated resident population in 2021 was 234,000, with a median age of 38 years. Between 2016 and 2020, the annualised population growth rate was 0.41 per cent.

The City of Stirling sits on land known as Mooro Country, home to Wadjak Nyoongar people for more than 40,000 years. Mooro Country extends from the Indian Ocean in the west to beyond the City’s boundary in the east, and from the Swan River on the banks of Perth’s CBD south of the City of Stirling to the boundary of Perth’s metropolitan northern border in Yanchep.

The City of Stirling’s population is incredibly diverse. Recent data from 2021 shows that around 37 per cent of the City’s population was born overseas and 29 per cent of the population spoke a language other than English at home. The population of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders has remained stable at approximately one per cent of the City’s population.

The City is predominantly urban, with over 103,000 private dwellings. It also has 1,780ha of open space for reserves, parks, natural conservation areas and special purpose lands, including over 700ha of natural bushland, 26 wetland sites and 7 km of coastal dunes and beaches. Our built environment boasts a thriving industrial hub, beautiful history-laden suburbs and cool, eclectic café strips.

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