Balcatta Mens Shed

The local community describes Balcatta as a multicultural, active and friendly neighbourhood. To better understand what is means to be ‘a local’ our suburb profile seeks to understand the local stories Koora (past), Yeyi (present), Boordawan (future) and respond to Ngalang Maya (our place). This snapshot identifies the unique character of Balcatta’s neighbourhood and helps the City rethink how we deliver services with a local focus. 

Balcatta, meaning ‘his hill’, was predominantly used for market gardening until the '60s and '70s, when industries moved into the area and blue-collar workers began to establish homes. 

What it means to be 'a local'

What you've told us so far

Local issues

Local focus

The City has created Locally-led Stirling to drive deeper connection at a local suburb level to listen and respond with a local focus.  At the heart of this Locally-led approach is an understanding that local people know what they need and a vision for everyone to get involved in shaping what it means to be “a local”.

We want to bring neighbours together, invest in local stories and inspire opportunities to work together. To find out more about Locally-led Stirling, visit Shaping our City

If you are looking for ways to get involved in your local area, please contact one of the City’s Local Engagement Officers by emailing

Local plans

Residential development

Before the 1960s, land at Balcatta was predominantly used for market gardening and other rural activities. But, as residential development progressed rapidly from the late '60s, blue-collar workers began to establish homes in the area to be close to workplaces - yet the movement of industries to the area did not begin in earnest until the 1970s.

Dwellings in Balcatta are mainly single detached residences, although a number of unit developments exist within the eastern sector between Main Street and Wanneroo Road. Houses are generally made of brick and tile with many reflecting a southern European influence in their design. Character housing can be found in the area east of Main Street—these are generally older, timber-framed dwellings that housed the majority of market gardeners before Balcatta’s suburban development.

Public open space and community infrastructure

Balcatta has a total of 52ha of public open space which includes 32 local open spaces and six district open spaces that offer a range of facilities, including:

Balcatta contains two shopping centres:

Four primary schools are located in the area and Balcatta Senior High School provides secondary education for local students.

The industrial area to the north of Balcatta is home to numerous businesses, including the offices of the Water Corporation and Western Power.

External projects

Council investment

Financial year 2023 - 2024

  • Richard Guelfi Reserve Floodlighting Upgrade
  • Balcatta Soccer Club Building Upgrade


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