SYDNEY has been branded Australia’s worst city – by its own residents.

Despite its obvious charms, ranging from the iconic Opera House, the beautiful harbour and ready access to numerous beaches, Sydneysiders say their city is the pits according to a survey commissioned by the Property Council of Australia.

They hammered its natural environment, schools, housing, cleanliness, cultural integration and road network, ranking it bottom of the nation’s eight biggest metropolises.

The survey quizzed 4072 people across the nation about the cities they live in, and the results were as follows:

Adelaide is the nation’s best city, followed by Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart, Brisbane and Darwin.

Apparently Sydneysiders are frustrated and disappointed with the way the city’s being managed,” the property council’s NSW executive director Glenn Byres was reported as saying in an article in the Daily Telegraph they should be able to take for granted like affordable housing, good public transport and a good standard of living aren’t being delivered.”

Residents were asked to rank 17 attributes which make a city liveable such as public transport, safety, entertainment, health care, education and housing.

Sydney came last in seven categories, including beauty, traffic congestion and whether the diverse population gets along..

Housing affordability and transport were the top complaints among Sydney residents, with 70 per cent voting the city the most difficult capital in which to buy a house. More than 60 per cent also thought property taxes on buying and selling a house were unfair.

Traffic congestion and the road network drew almost the same level of disappointment, with 67 per cent rating both as poor or very poor.

Public transport was labelled unsatisfactory or very poor by almost half the city’s population (45 per cent).

The State Government’s performance was also surveyed, with 47 per cent rating it poor or very poor, and 38 per cent saying it was fair. Only 12 per cent said Premier Kristina Keneally was doing a good job.

Just 30 per cent think the city is a safe place, while only 18 per cent believe Sydney is both affordable and has a good standard of living. The only area in which Sydney beat all other capital cities was entertainment.

This discontent will play itself out in the next election and hopefully the new government will start investing in Sydney’s infrastructure.

By the way…I still think Sydney is a great place to invest. It’s Australia’s largest metropolis and it’s still where most people want to live.


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