Billie Giles-Corti and Jonathan Arundel
Last modified on Wed 11 Apr 2018 03.39 BST
Magazines may gush about the ‘liveability’ of Australian cities, but new data shows big disparities in transport, rents and health
With five cities in the top 20 of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual global liveability survey, Australia boasts some of the most attractive urban environments in the world. In the most recent edition, Melbourne was declared the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year running, with Adelaide fifth, Perth seventh, Sydney 11th and Brisbane 16th.
Yet from long commutes and high car dependency to the low provision of affordable housing in the more appealing areas, Australian cities still have plenty of room for improvement.
The Centre for Urban Research’s Creating Liveable Cities in Australia report provides the first baseline measure of liveability in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin and Hobart. The result of five years of research, it examines walkability, public transport, public open spaces, housing affordability, commuting and access to food and alcohol.