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Shire of Kalamunda

The Shire of Kalamunda is a Local Government Area in Western Australia's Darling Scarp Region, some 18.9 kilometres east-south-east of Perth, the state capital. Its estimated population of 55,814 residents in a 324.2-square-kilometre area makes it the most populous shire in the state. Its name is from the Aboriginal words cala (meaning, "home") and munnda (meaning, "forest"); as such, kalamunda means "a home in the forest." Its major industries include cattle- and poultry-raising, government works, and horticulture.

While first established as the Darling Range Road District in 1897, it was not until July 1961 that it became a shire following the Local Government Act 1960. The Shire of Kalamunda is composed of 16 residential suburbs, namely Bickley, Canning Mills, Carmel, Forrestfield, Gooseberry Hill, Hacketts Gully, Helena Valley, High Wycombe, Kalamunda, Lesmurdie, Maida Vale, Paulls Valley, Pickering Brook, Piesse Brook, Walliston, and Wattle Grove, plus the non-residential suburb of Reservoir.

With the suburb of Kalamunda as Council Seat, the Shire of Kalamunda is represented in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia by the Electoral Districts of Darling Range, Forrestfield, and Kalamunda, as well as by the Federal Divisions of Hasluck and Pearce in the Australian House of Representatives. Its neighbouring LGAs are Armadale, Belmont, Beverly, Canning, Gosnells, Mundaring, Swan, and York.

While it is not particularly a tourism hotspot, the Shire of Kalamunda does have a number of attractions for locals and visitors alike to appreciate. Some of the LGA's most notable locales are Bickley Carmel Wine Trail, Golden View, Hartfield Park Reserve, Kalamunda History Village, Kalamunda Water Park, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Kostera Oval, Lesmurdie Falls, Maida Vale Reserve, Perth Observatory and Museum, Pioneer Park Reserve, Ray Owen Reserve, Scott Reserve, Stirk Cottage and Park, and Zig Zag Cultural Centre.

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