The History of Our City
The municipality of Belmont was established in 1898 as the Belmont Road Board. In 1907, the name was changed to Belmont Park Road Board and remained as such until 1961 when it became the Shire of Belmont. In 1979, the present administration building was opened in Faulkner Park and the municipality became the City of Belmont. The municipality was called Belmont after Belmont Farm, which had been established in the area in 1830 by Captain F. Byrne. The farm of 2,000 acres was later acquired by John Hardey who had already established Grove Farm, also 2,000 acres, on the banks of the Swan River nearby. John Hardey and his son Robert were destined to own almost the entire Belmont area.
In 1848, Hardey allowed the first race meeting to be held on Grove Farm. Although race meetings had been held at other venues around Perth, a site on Hardey’s farm soon became Perth’s permanent racecourse and the horse racing industry grew up around it. Robert Hardey later built a mansion on Grove Farm in 1880 which he called ’Belmont House’. In 1889, he leased the house to J. Handron-Smith, a horse racing owner, who later became secretary of the West Australian Turf Club and went on to become the first elected Chairman of the Belmont Road Board. The early settlers in Belmont found the
land to be of poor quality for cropping and swampy in many parts. Needless to say, many of the Chinese migrants who came with the Gold Rush in the 1890’s found the swampy areas excellent for some of Perth’s first market gardens.
In 1911, the population of Belmont was 1,088. Today, the City of Belmont is a thriving municipality of over 40,000 residents with extensive parklands and some outstanding facilities such as the Ascot Racecourse and surrounding residential stables precinct, the picturesque marina at Ascot Waters, the beautiful Garvey Park and the Japanese inspired Adachi Park which both offer spectacular views of the iconic Swan River, the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre and Belmont Forum Shopping Centre. Belmont is a mix of residential, commercial and light industrial properties and includes within its boundaries, the Perth Domestic and International Airports. The City is made up of the localities of Ascot, Redcliffe, Belmont, Cloverdale, Kewdale and Rivervale. With an area of 40 square kilometres, the City of Belmont is in close proximity to air, rail and major road arteries and lies only six kilometres from the centre of Perth.
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The Belmont Community
The City of Belmont recognises the importance of working with the community to create an environment where all residents can participate in community life to maximise their full potential and feel valued as equal and involved citizens. The City understands that its residents are the experts within their community and as such, we strive to work collaboratively with the community to utilise the strengths, knowledge and skills that are abundant across our diverse City.