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Representing the culmination of five years of research, this report examines seven domains of a city’s liveability that also promote the health and wellbeing of Australians – walkability, public transport, public open spaces, housing affordability, employment and the food and alcohol environments.
Creating walkable compact cities is a global priority, and also a priority in Melbourne. There is a growing body of evidence showing that city design has a profound impact on the willingness and ability of residents to walk for transport. Higher density, mixed use developments...
Employment is a well-known social determinant of health and wellbeing and important for the liveability of a region. Yet, spatial data are rarely used to understand barriers and facilitators of accessing employment within a city. Therefore it remains challenging to plan cities...
Creating walkable environments produces a range of health and environmental co-benefits including increased physical activity, social interaction, sustainable living and environmental protection. This project developed, trialled and validated a ‘Walkability Index Tool’. This is an automated geospatial tool capable of creating walkability indices for neighbourhoods...
This report, measuring Melbourne’s liveability progress, calls for a redistribution of employment across the city to reduce commute times, ease traffic congestion and encourage more physical activity.
Making Brisbane ‘liveable’ is a policy objective of the Queensland government. In some domains of liveability, Brisbane performs well in comparison to other Australian cities in its policy ambition and performance. However, to achieve its liveability aspirations, greater ambition is required in some of its...