It’s where everyone seems to want to live!
Melbourne has done it again. It was named the world’s most-liveable city for the fifth year running in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking. All in all, the Australians have much to brag about, as Adelaide was ranked fifth (a tie with Calgary, Canada), Sydney was seventh, Perth was eighth and Brisbane was eighteenth.
Cities are rated on various comfort criteria for 30 factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Each factor is rated acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable, and marked out of 100. Melbourne scored 97.5, and racked up full marks for its infrastructure.
Interestingly, the survey found that, since 2010, the average liveability across the world had fallen by 1%, mainly driven by a 2.2% drop in the stability and safety sector. A report in The Economist notes that while this may seem marginal, in real terms it highlights that 57 of the cities surveyed have seen declines in liveability over the past five years. Factors that have had a negative impact include the terrorist shootings in France and Tunisia, civil unrest in the US and the ongoing conflicts in Syria, the Ukraine and Libya.
Although the Melbourne accolade has been welcomed, there are those who believe that the city needs to focus on its future planning needs.
At the Australian National Planning Congress, themed Great Places and held in May 2015, Andrew Dixon, a speaker from the UK who specialises in invigorating declining industrial towns through arts and culture, warned that the city will become less liveable as it gets bigger, unless it addresses its transport issues.
Likewise, the city’s director of city design, Rob Adams, stated that Melbourne couldn’t afford to continually create new suburbs on the city fringe. “The fringe is becoming a harder and harder place to make work because of the time it takes to get anywhere and the lack of infrastructure,” he said.
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Words: Lea Jacobs