WE LOVE it, now Perth has been voted the seventh “most liveable’’ city in the world, with Melbourne taking top spot and Adelaide in the top five.
Melbourne, Australia’s sporting and arguably cultural home, again topped the charts, named the Most Liveable city in the world.
Based on lifestyle factors such as political stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, Melbourne topped for the charts for the sixth year running.
Sydney, plagued by soaring house prices, failed to make the Top 10, despite it’s obviously attractive lifestyle, if you can afford a house.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said: “Perth is a vibrant city with clear skies, fresh air and beautiful beaches, where people can still enjoy the benefits of a modern, sophisticated city and a relaxed lifestyle.
“When you look around the world where else would you get the kind of health care and education standards that are delivered in WA.”
Port Moresby, one of our nearest neighbours, got a berth in the World’s Worst.
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said Perth’s unique features make it an idyllic place to live, work, or visit.
“The face of the Perth has transformed significantly in recent years, and we are proud to see a long-term vision for our capital city coming to fruition,’’ Mrs Scaffidi said.
“With our rich history of arts and culture, iconic beaches and enviable weather, Perth — and greater Western Australia — offers unique experiences to make it an idyllic place to live, work, or visit.
“The City has worked alongside key stakeholders as a driving force in the revitalisation of new urban neighbourhoods, with our state-of- the-art Library a catalyst for the revamped Cathedral Square precinct.
“Furthermore, the City’s investment in public art, street and laneway enhancements has transformed the public realm, lending character to Perth’s urban fabric and making it an attractive destination for new venues, businesses, events and activation projects.’’
Perth’s seventh place, just behind Adelaide and Calgary, was a one-place improvement on 2015.
THE MOST LIVEABLE CITIES IN THE WORLD
1. Melbourne — 97.5 out of 100
2. Vienna — 97.4
3. Vancouver — 97.3
4. Toronto — 97.2
5/6. Adelaide and Calgary — 96.6
7. Perth — 95.9
8. Auckland — 95.7
9. Helsinki — 95.6
10. Hamburg — 95.0