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Published on : Thursday, August 18, 2016
Melbourne has been voted the World’s Most Liveable City for an unprecedented sixth-straight year.The prestigious Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Index surveys 140 of the world’s best cities, and we’ve blitzed the field again. Melbourne secured perfect ratings for healthcare, education and infrastructure.
It’s proof of what we already know. We have the best of everything, and we’re the best city to call home. Melbourne is the cultural, sporting and events capital, and Victoria is the Education State. We’re the envy of the nation when it comes to tourism, and we’re proudly multicultural.
Melbourne is a great place to live, visit or invest – the data proves it. We’re the fastest growing city in Australia, welcoming 70,000 people who’ve voted with their feet and chosen to call Melbourne home in the past year alone.
Our world-class international education sector has seen more than 175,000 international students study in Victoria, and The University of Melbourne was recently crowned Australia’s highest international ranking university.
Our health system is world-class. We’re home to state-of-the-art facilities, medical research institutes and leading scientists, clinicians and researchers.Melbourne boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, and we’re leading Australia when it comes to full-time jobs growth. More than 110,000 new full-time jobs were created in the year ending June 2016.
We’re leading the country in small business growth, welcoming 9,000 new businesses in the past 12 months, and we’re outperforming our competitors interstate when it comes to tourism. In the six-straight years we’ve retained top spot, international visitation has grown by 9.2 per cent annually – far higher than the national average.
There’s no place like Melbourne for world-class sport and entertainment events. We have the Australian Open, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, the Spring Racing Carnival – and many more.We’ve also established Visit Victoria, the state’s new world-leading entity charged with the task of keeping us number one for tourism and major events.
We won’t rest on our laurels. The Andrews Labor Government is embarking on major infrastructure projects including the Metro Tunnel, the Level Crossing Removal Project and the Melbourne Park upgrade.