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The local community describes Woodlands as a friendly, peaceful 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 Woodlands’ neighbourhood and helps the City rethink how we deliver services with a local focus.

Woodlands is part of the original 'Woodlands Estate', which was owned by John Daniel Manning.

What it means to be 'a local'

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  • Woodlands is part of the original 'Woodlands Estate', which was owned by John Daniel Manning. Part of the area that is now Woodlands was originally assigned to Thomas William Mews in 1831. However, as Mews could not fulfil the location duties, the grant passed to T. R. C. Walters in 1840. It was later part of the extensive lands owned by John Daniel Manning.

    In 1842 the locality was recorded as 'Jackadup', which was the Aboriginal name for the area. This was later adapted to 'Jackadder', the name that is still borne by the lake at the centre of Woodlands.

    Development in Woodlands began in earnest in the 1960s and growth is still occurring, as the Floreat Lakes Estate to the south east was only subdivided in 1991 and still contains vacant land.

    To echo the title of the suburb, many of the streets in Woodlands are named after trees such as oak, elm, birch, sandalwood and willow.

    Significant landmarks

    The parish church of Our Lady of the Rosary was the architectural vision of building supervisor Fr Bonaventure Leahy OP. The building was constructed in 1973 by stonemason Adrian Gosatti using Toodyay stone especially hewn for the project. The church, parish centre, priory and neighbouring school form a historically significant complex, which is valued by local Catholic community and reflects the work of the Dominican Order and growth of Woodlands.

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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 getinvolved@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Local plans

Residential development

The dominant type of dwelling in Woodlands is the single detached home, although there are some higher density developments beginning to be established in the area. The prolonged development of Woodlands has ensured a varied mix of housing designs.

The majority of dwellings are built of brick and date from the 1960s and 1970s, while many of the newer homes are architecturally designed.

Public open space and community infrastructure

Woodlands have 13ha of public open space and is well serviced by parks and reserves. The most significant open space surrounds Jackadder Lake and provides primarily for passive recreation. Jackadder Lake was first recorded as "Mews Lake" in 1831 and provides a local recreation area.

There are several smaller parks in the locality, including Sweeting Reserve and Woodlands Reserve.

The neighbourhood retail area is called 'Woodlands Village' and is conveniently located in the centre of the suburb. Ribbon development along Scarborough Beach Road in the north of Woodlands forms part of the Stirling Regional Centre and supplements local shopping.

The locality also contains a retirement village and entertainment is provided by Event Cinemas on Liege Street.

External projects

Council investment

Financial year 2023 - 2024

  • Jackadder Reserve Landscape Upgrade


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