THE Property Council of Australia has released the results of its nationwide My City: The People’s Verdict survey, conducted late last year.
Australians were asked to judge their city’s performance in 17 areas, including design, safety, education, housing and government.
Here’s how our capital cities fared this year, ranked from one to 10.
The results as reported on news.com.au were:
1 – ADELAIDE
Australia’s most liveable city for the second year running
Almost three in four locals saw Adelaide as an affordable place to maintain a good standard of living.
The city ranked highest for health services, with 67 per cent satisfaction. Four out of five believed the city had an attractive environment that encouraged a wide range of outdoor activities.
Fewer than half – 48 per cent – thought Adelaide had job opportunities, the worst result for a mainland capital city.
Just 42 per cent felt Adelaide had a good public transport service and satisfaction with entertainment slipped from 75 per cent to 68 per cent.
Residents were dissatisfied overall with the State Government’s performance, particularly in terms of property taxes and making housing affordable.
2 – CANBERRA
Maintains its status as Australia’s second most liveable city for the second year running, but housing affordability remains a concern.
The ACT did well in several areas including: having a good road network and minimal traffic, being a safe place for people and property and being clean, well-maintained and unpolluted.
Canberra performed relatively poorly when it came to having a vibrant cultural scene and a good range of quality affordable housing.
3 – MELBOURNE
It might be one of the world’s most liveable among international judges, but Melbournians are less than impressed with their own city. Residents rated Melbourne’s livability down to equal third on a nationwide basis, alongside Perth.
Melbourne scored the highest rating of any city for its cultural scene and architecture and also ranked highly for its health care and education services.
It lost points for traffic congestion, high property prices, general cleanliness and climate.
Melbournians also gave the State Government a bare pass, unhappy with its management of urban growth and the imposition of high stamp-duty charges.
4 – PERTH
It’s not perfect, but Perth residents are falling deeper in love with the WA capital. Perth scored 62.1 out of 100 for liveability, up 1.5 points on last year.
Sandgropers enjoy Perth’s climate, outdoor recreation and natural environment.
The city also performed above average in education and health services. And, though adequacy of public transport scored poorly everywhere, Perth topped the list with 49 per cent.
The cultural and entertainment scene was slammed, ranking equal bottom with Newcastle, Hobart and Darwin.
And only half of Perth people agreed that the city had a diverse range of people who got along well, the second lowest result for the country.
5 – BRISBANE
Not good news for BrisVegas – its residents have ranked it fifth in terms of capital city liveability.
Top marks for climate, but the floods of the past year even pushed that score down, from 83 per cent to 77 per cent.
Above average for vibrant cultural entertainment, good health care, attractive city design and a lack of pollution.
Public transport rated above the national average but still only impressed less than half of residents.
Fewer than half believed a good standard of living was affordable in Brisbane and just a third said there was quality affordable housing.
Only 50 per cent felt Brisbane was a safe place.
8 – HOBART
A poor eighth place out of 10 cities and a lack of strategic planning has Hobart’s future looking bleak.
Hobart scored quite highly with its residents for its range of recreational outdoor activities, attractive natural environment, look and design.
Performed poorly in key areas such as education, health, employment and economic opportunities.
The Property Council of Australia’s state executive director Mary Massina said Hobart has also missed a chance to grab a fair share of Commonwealth Government funding to fix its future problems.
She called the city’s submission to the recent Council of Australian Government call for capital city strategic plans as “briefing material, minimal statistical analysis and a set of stated future intentions”.
9 – SYDNEY
Sydneysiders believe their city is more beautiful, entertaining, cleaner and safer than it was 12 months ago.
In the Auspoll study, Sydney had the greatest jump in liveability than any other city.
It also recorded significant gains in transport and health services. Almost 10 per cent more people said Sydney had good public transport and fewer were dissatisfied with the service.
Satisfaction with health services rose from 48 per cent to 60 per cent, while education and recreational facilities had improved.
Traffic congestion is still a problem, with two-thirds of commuters thinking Sydney’s road network needs addressing and just over half saying the State Government was doing a poor or very poor job on keeping up with overall infrastructure.
10 – DARWIN
Darwin is unaffordable, unsafe and a bad place to be if you are unhealthy, according to its residents.
Darwinites were positive about community harmony, with 70 per cent of respondents believing people of diverse cultural backgrounds got on.
Residents also thought Darwin had good employment and economic opportunities (77 per cent).
Apparently the Top End is a tough place to live – Darwin’s residents say their city is expensive (78 per cent), unsafe (67 per cent) and does not have good health care (62 per cent).
Darwin also ranked lowest in residents’satisfaction with education, with 40 per cent of respondents saying the city does not have good schools or education facilities.
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