Media release – 18/08/15

Melbourne tops the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability ranking

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Released today, The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey ranks Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city for the fifth year running.

Committee for Melbourne CEO Kate Roffey is delighted that Melbourne has retained its top place ranking. “There are always questions about rankings, and in particular how and what they measure, but there is no doubt the EIU ranking is the one cities around the world look to as the best marker of prosperity and liveability, and to come out on top again is a significant achievement”, said Ms Roffey.

Coming only weeks after Melbourne ranked in the top 5 in culture and lifestyle magazine Monocle's Quality of Life Survey 2015, this latest accolade shows that Melbourne is heading in the right direction as we look forward to a population of 8 million. “There are few cities in the world that have genuine economic prosperity and liveability, and it is the combination of those two factors that keep Melbourne on top of the liveability ranking, but the competition from other cities is coming hard and fast so there is no room for complacency”, noted Ms Roffey.

“More work does need to be done in terms of setting a long-term agenda of city-shaping infrastructure projects, maximising access to jobs by ensuring we have a range of strong, globally competitive sectors driving the economy forward, and making sure we remain a liveable city for everyone by providing more affordable housing options and better connections between places of work and homes”.

“Great cities do not happen by chance – they develop through visionary thinking and long-term planning,” said Ms Roffey.

“We should be proud of our ranking as the world’s most liveable city, but we should also be mindful that if we fail to keep planning to improve going forward, others will be very happy to strip us of our title.”


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