Melbourne named world’s most liveable city

Aug 20 2014, 17:56 IST
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SummaryMelbourne, Australia has again been recognised as the best city in the world to live

Melbourne, Australia has again been recognised as the best city in the world to live, topping the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index for the fourth consecutive year in a row.

The EIU’s Liveability Ranking assesses living conditions in 140 cities across the globe by assigning a rating across five broad categories, including; stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Ongoing investment in Melbourne’s world-class infrastructure was highlighted in the report for keeping Melbourne at the top of the index – where it has finished every year under the Victorian Coalition Government.

Dr Denis Vincent Napthine, premier of Victoria, said, “Our low crime rates, great health system, harmonious multicultural community, excellent education system and road and rail network all played a part in our great city taking out this coveted award again. The excellence of our healthcare and education systems has been recognised by astute international judges. The Coalition Government has been proud to support these services through a record level of spending in 2014-15, including AU$14.9 billion for health services and AU$9.2 billion for schools. Melbourne’s liveablity is largely due to consistent investment in infrastructure, and the Coalition Government is delivering the biggest infrastructure programme ever.”

Here are 15 reasons why Melbourne is the world’s undisputed most liveable city:

Melbourne…

- Where you need to allocate a good ten minutes for a response to the question ‘where is good to eat?’

- Is one of the only cities in the world where the tram is a main form of transport, and is also a venue to wine and dine and hear live music.

- Is surrounded by such a diversity of wine regions that all varietals of wine can be made, and most are.

- Is the only city in the world that has five international standard sporting facilities (including four with retractable roofs), and all within walking distance of the city centre.

- Is the only city in the world to hold five renowned international events in the same month: the Melbourne International Food & Wine Festival, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships, and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

- Is mostly flat and full of parks so you can cycle almost everywhere - better for the environment, better for your health.

- Where half of the population was either born overseas or has a parent who was, which means that there isn’t a

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