Ascot, Western Australia

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Ascot
Perth,  Western Australia
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Corner of Great Eastern Highway and Carbine Street
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Ascot
Location in metropolitan Perth
Coordinates 31°55′59″S115°56′06″E / 31.933°S 115.935°E / -31.933; 115.935 Coordinates: 31°55′59″S115°56′06″E / 31.933°S 115.935°E / -31.933; 115.935
Population2,572 (2016 census) [1]
 • Density695/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Established1991
Postcode(s) 6104
Area3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Location10 km (6 mi) from Perth
LGA(s) City of Belmont
State electorate(s) Belmont
Federal Division(s) Swan
Suburbs around Ascot:
Maylands Bayswater Bassendean
Maylands Ascot Redcliffe
Rivervale Belmont Redcliffe

Ascot is a suburb of Perth, covering a narrow strip of land along the southern bank of the Swan River approximately 10 kilometres (6 mi) east of the Perth central business district. Its local government area is the City of Belmont.

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The suburb, which was previously part of Belmont and Redcliffe, was officially established on 7 March 1991, with the boundaries being approved on 22 March 1991. It was named after the Ascot Racecourse, a major horse-racing track located within the suburb's boundaries.

Geography

The suburb is a narrow strip of about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) in length, extending along the Swan River's southern foreshore from Abernethy Road in Belmont to the City of Belmont's boundary with the City of Swan at South Guildford.

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ascot (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 August 2020. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg