Melbourne has topped The Economist’s liveability rankings for a fifth consecutive year. But planning experts have warned that, while the liveability rankings were “marketing nirvana”, they were meaningless for much of Melbourne, and got in the way of improving the city.
And a social services group said the ranking failed to recognise the growing disparity between those rich enough to live where good jobs and services were, and those in areas of high unemployment, poor transport and entrenched disadvantage.
Australian cities were found to be “a relative picture of stability”, while 20 per cent of the cities surveyed by The Economist magazine’s Intelligence Unit experienced declines in liveability over the past year.
Contributed By Sonia Narula