Have you ever wondered how the liveability of your neighbourhood compares to other parts of Australia? A new digital platform is helping people visualise liveability across 21 of Australia’s largest cities.
The Australian Urban Observatory is the culmination of more than eight years of research findings by the Healthy Liveable Cities Group at RMIT University. It maps liveability indicators of walkability, social infrastructure, public transport, food, alcohol, employment, public open space and housing, as well as a new overall Liveability Index for Local Government Areas, suburbs and neighbourhoods.
The Observatory was launched earlier this month with a panel featuring CAUL-Hub researchers Dr Melanie Davern and Professor Billie Giles-Corti, along with Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson, Mitchell Shire Council CEO Mary Agostino, Mike Day from RobertsDay and RMIT Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research Capability) Professor Swee Mak.
The Observatory can be used by anyone with an interest in liveability including policy makers, planners, developers and the community.
Image: RMIT Professor Billie Giles-Corti, Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Infrastructure Victoria CEO Michel Masson, RMIT Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research Capability) Professor Swee Mak, RMIT Dr Melanie Davern. Photo by Matthew Houston