For the fifth year in a row Melbourne has been voted the World’s Most Liveable City and received yet again a near perfect score of 97.5 out of 100. For those of us lucky to live here it’s easy to see why it keeps coming out on top but I’m sure there are a number of things we would like to see improved.
Each of the Cities chosen are assigned a rating of “relative comfort” for 30 varying factors across 5 categories, which are:
- Culture & Environment
Each factor in a city is then rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable, to reach a score out of 100. Interestingly Melbourne scored full marks for Infrastructure which would surprise regular Melburnians commuters.
Back in 2008 Sir Rod Eddington noted that we needed to: (Eddington Report)
- BUILD a 17km rail tunnel linking Melbourne’s fast-growing western and south-eastern suburbs – from Footscray to Caulfield.
- DEVELOP an 18km cross-city road corridor, possibly a tunnel, running from the Eastern Freeway to the Tullamarine Freeway as an alternative to the West Gate Bridge.
- CONSTRUCT a new rail line linking Werribee and Deer Park in the western suburbs to expand the rail network.
He warned that Melbourne faced transport chaos, largely due to its reliance on the West Gate Bridge as the only major east-west route.
In order for Melbourne to remain in its number 1 spot surely Infrastructure will need to be a big focus? With new train stations and the West Gate Distributor planned things look positive.
Premier Daniel Andrews was clearly delighted when he said the survey results are proof Melbourne really does have the best of everything. Do you agree