Brisbane is Australia’s fifth most liveable city according to the second annual My City: The People’s Verdict report. This represents an improvement on Brisbane’s sixth position last year, but still leaves the city trailing Adelaide (ranked Australia’s most liveable city), Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.
My City: The People’s Verdict is a national survey of over 5000 everyday Australians which captures their views and experiences on the liveability of their city. The report is undertaken by independent social research firm Auspoll for the Property Council of Australia.
The annual survey clearly identifies the high priority issues that must be addressed by local and state leaders to improve Brisbane’s liveability, Queensland Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia Kathy Mac Dermott says.
“Two critical areas where Brisbane rated poorly were the local economy and affordability.”
“It is interesting that in the midst of the resources boom close to half of Brisbane’s residents (48 per cent) do not agree there are good employment and economic opportunities in the city.”
“The community is clearly looking for a plan from our politicians and business leaders that will convert this massive wave of engineering investment into a strong and stable local economy.”
“The Property Council has called for all levels of government to commit to making Brisbane an international centre of Excellence for engineering. California has built a strong global information technology brand centered on Silicon Valley – Brisbane can do the same with a focus on engineering”
“The community is telling us that we cannot afford to let this opportunity slip by.”
“Housing affordability also remains a major concern for Brisbane residents. Only 34 per cent of respondents believe there is a good range of quality affordable housing in Brisbane.”
“Only 13 per cent of Brisbane residents feel the Government is doing a good or excellent job of making housing in Queensland more affordable.”
“Similarly, only 13 per cent of residents agree that a fair level of taxation is applied when people buy or sell properties.”
“It is time that politicians at all levels put a greater focus on our cities and the issues important to residents. “
“This week the Property Council is launching a new national campaign – Make My City Work - to shine a spotlight on our cities and engage the community in a discussion on how they grow and evolve.”
“In Brisbane this campaign will focus on creating a Brilliant Brisbane. We want to engage directly with the community and hear their ideas on how we make Brisbane Australia’s most liveable city.”
For more details on Make My City Work visit: www.makemycitywork.org.au
Kathy Mac Dermott – Property Council Queensland Executive Director: 0427 243 986