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Adelaide is Australia's most liveable city: Poll

Monday, 4 March 2013
Author: Property Council of Australia

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Adelaide continues to be rated as Australia's most liveable city for a third year according to a new survey of residents' views of their own city.

The Property Council of Australia today released the latest results from My City: The People's Verdict - a national poll that tests views on the liveability of our cities.

The study - now in its third year - once again crowns Adelaide as Australia's most liveable city, closely followed by Canberra.

Darwin was ranked by its residents as Australia's worst city, with Sydney remaining just above Darwin to be in second-last place.

The biggest changes were in Newcastle and Hobart, whose liveability scores both rose dramatically, while Perth saw the largest decline, falling from fourth place to third last.

"This is the people's verdict on their own city - a report card for governments on how liveable our cities are," Property Council Chief Executive, Peter Verwer, said.

"Australians have given their verdict - they want more liveable cities and they know that the performance of our cities is critical for our future economic prosperity.

"Australians know what makes a city great and they continue to rate our cities poorly in housing affordability, environmental sustainability, congestion and public transport.

"These results should be a wake up call for governments to lift the performance of our cities."

The My City: The People's Verdict survey of 5,843 people in all capital cities, as well as Newcastle, Wollongong and, for the first time, Geelong was undertaken by Auspoll for the Property Council.

Respondents ranked the importance of 17 key attributes of cities and assessed their own city against these attributes. This produced a liveability score for each city.

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