Mount Lawley

Image of the Astor theatre

The local community describes Mount Lawley as central, walkable and historic with mature trees. 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 Mount Lawley’s neighbourhood and helps the City rethink how we deliver services with a local focus

Mount Lawley’s premier retail precinct is situated on Beaufort Street centering on the Walcott Street intersection.

What it means to be a 'local'

What you've told us so far

Local issues

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Local focus

These are the top local priorities you've told us about what's important for Mount Lawley:  

  • Roads & traffic management - "Rat running through the Avenues needs to be addressed. Traffic should be encouraged to stay on the main roads (Beaufort, Central Ave, North St etc) to keep them away from the quieter residential streets."
  • Crime prevention - "Homelessness and anti-social behaviour in public transport."
  • Development - "Protection of the “heritage” of the suburb. Prevention of design control and maintenance of current zoning.”
  • Trees / greening - "Incentivise the planting of trees on each property and ensure these cannot be cut down unless dangerous to the household."
  • Trees / greening - "Street lighting. Often very dark esp during winter nights. Large trees block the weak street lighting. Can feel unsafe."

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're 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

Mount Lawley is largely characterised by Federation and Colonial style dwellings with isolated examples of English vernacular revival, art-deco and Californian bungalow styles.

The majority of houses are single detached dwellings on large lots. There are also some group and multiple unit developments dispersed throughout the suburb, particularly around Beaufort Street.

Many of the older character homes are of heritage value, and have been renovated and preserved. The majority of homes in Mt Lawley are of brick and tile construction.

Public open space and community infrastructure

Most retail development in Mount Lawley is situated on Beaufort Street, centering on the Walcott Street intersection. There are also several small local shops dispersed throughout the suburb to satisfy local daily needs.

Recreation opportunities are provided by a number of small local parks and Inglewood Oval. Hamer Park offers facilities for lawn bowls and the park adjoining the Memorial Gardens contains tennis courts and another green for lawn bowls. Mount Lawley contains five local open spaces, one community open space and one district open space. 

Mount Lawley hosts a wide range of education facilities. The area contains a campus of Edith Cowan University as well as the WA Academy of Performing Arts and the WA Conservatorium of Music. Mount Lawley Senior High School provides public secondary education and Perth College is a private school for girls. Mount Lawley North Metropolitan TAFE is situated immediately south of the boundary of the City of Stirling and St John of God Hospital is located near the Swan River.

Significant landmarks

The Astor Theatre situated on the corner of Beaufort Street and Walcott Street is one of the suburb's significant landmarks. The Astor, built in 1911 and renovated in the popular art-deco style in 1939, is listed both on the City of Stirling Municipal Inventory and the State Register of Heritage Places.

Beaucott Building situated across the street from Astor Theatre was constructed in 1938 and is also listed on the City of Stirling Municipal Inventory. It is an important representative building from the second period of development of Beaufort Street with aesthetic significance and important townscape value.

External projects

Council investment

Financial year 2023 - 2024

  • Town Plaza Beaufort Street
  • Sportsfield Sustainability Renovation program - Inglewood Oval 


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