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It is official - we are more liveable than Melbourne

News Article Date: 
Friday, 5 January 2018
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Warrnambool outscores Melbourne when it comes to liveability, a report by Deloitte Access Economics has found.

The report, Regional Cities Victoria Liveability Index, considered seven themes relevant to liveability: local amenities, human capital, physical capital, social capital, health and safety, material standards and visitor attraction.

The report stated that “Warrnambool scores equal to or higher than Melbourne on six of the seven themes, the most of any RCV (Regional Cities Victoria) councils”.

“This is a great result for Warrnambool and confirms what many of us already know,” Mayor Cr Robert Anderson said.

“If Melbourne is considered the world’s most liveable city and Warrnambool outranks it in six of seven liveability themes, surely we’re pushing for the title of world’s most liveable regional city!

“We have a lower unemployment rate than Melbourne, better access to GPs and allied health services, less crime and lower house prices.

“The media house price in Warrnambool is about $324,000. In Greater Melbourne it is $779,000.

“And for a city of 34,000 to have a TAFE, university campus and a cancer treatment centre is probably unique in Australia.

“Helping make our city great are the high levels of volunteer activity undertaken by many of our residents.

“More than 38 per cent of our adult population undertakes unpaid voluntary work compared to 29 per cent in Greater Melbourne.”

Warrnambool’s natural environment is also a factor in attracting visitors while the city also has great access to retail experiences with more people employed in retail than the regional city average.

“We have stunning Lady Bay, two beautiful rivers, our main street is being transformed into a more inviting, accessible space and nearby Tower Hill as great drawcards for visitors,” Cr Anderson said.

The report by Deloitte was commissioned by Regional Cities Victoria, an alliance of the 10 largest regional Victorian municipalities.

The municipalities – Ballarat, Greater Geelong, Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, Horsham, Latrobe, Mildura, Wangaratta, Wodonga, and Warrnambool – are home to more to more than 760,000 residents.

 

How Warrnambool stacks up - the numbers

Human Capital

 

Unemployment rate June 2017

Higher education (% of residents in tertiary education, including TAFE)

Secondary education (distance to secondary school)

Warrnambool

4.6%

4.6%

2.82

Greater Melbourne

6.1%

7.8%

2.40

Regional cities average

5.7%

4.5%

5.79

 

Physical capital

 

Mobile coverage (quality and coverage, higher number is better)

Broadband coverage, (quality and coverage, higher number is better)

Proximity to rail (closest railway station, km)

Warrnambool

5.58

6.02

2.78

Greater Melbourne

53.02

51.28

7.39

Regional cities average

30.40

37.74

5.02

 

 

Rail reliability (% of services on time)

Rail speed, average train speed (kmh)

Proximity to commercial airport

Warrnambool

52.9%

71.06

77.03

Greater Melbourne

92%

36.99

15.04

Regional cities average

80.7%

75.09

76.68

 

Social capital

 

Volunteering (% of adults who volunteer)

Gave support (% of adults who supported relatives outside a household)

Warrnambool

38.6%

29.1%

Greater Melbourne

29.4%

30.4%

Regional cities average

36.3%

28.0%

 

Health and safety

 

Access to primary health, GPs and allied health (sites per 1000 residents)

Access to tertiary health (hospital beds per 1000 residents)

Crime (offences recorded per 1000 residents)

Perceptions of crime (% of people who felt safe walking alone after dark)

Warrnambool

1.30

6.63

84.51

48.4%

Greater Melbourne

1.00

3.44

89.2

51.6%

Regional cities average

1.13

5.24

117.58

49.1%

 

Housing affordability

 

Housing stress  (mortgage or rental stress)

House prices (median house price 2015)

House price multiple (median house price divided by median income)

Warrnambool

18.48

$324,343

7.7

Greater Melbourne

18.55

$779,018

15.9

Regional cities average

19.17

$253,488

5.9

 

Nature-based attraction

 

Nature based attraction (domestic daytrip and overnight tourists visiting for the natural environment, per resident)

Warrnambool

12.3

Greater Melbourne

6.4

Regional cities average

8.5

 

Local amenities

 

Access to retail (% of workforce in retail)

Higher order retail (higher order shopping centres per 1000 residents)

Public use zoned land (% of land zoned for public use)

Warrnambool

7.14%

.029

12.7%

Greater Melbourne

5.87%

.053

5.8%

Regional cities average

6.28%

.039

7.2%

 

 

Access to arts and recreation (% of workforce employed in arts and recreation)

Attractiveness of arts and recreation (domestic daytrip and overnight tourists visiting for arts and recreational activities, per resident)

Warrnambool

0.9%

2.79

Greater Melbourne

1.2%

1.21

Regional cities average

0.7%

2.14

 

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