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What makes a Sydney suburb liveable?

Posted by LNA Master Landscapers Association on 19 August 2016

Recently, the Domain website, conducted a study on what makes up the features of the most liveable suburbs in Sydney in 2016.

The data was drawn from a number of places, such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other national sources, to rank suburbs on their desirability beyond the mere cost of the property.

16 indicators were used for the ranking, with Lavender Bay coming out at the top of the list.

  1. Access to employment
  2. Train/light rail
  3. Bus
  4. Ferry
  5. Culture
  6. Main road congestion
  7. Education
  8. Shopping
  9. Open space
  10. Tree cover
  11. Topographical variation
  12. Cafes and restaurants
  13. Crime
  14. Telecommunications
  15. Views
  16. Beach access

Some of the attributes of the top ranking suburbs were obvious, but the most interesting perhaps was the value placed on environmental factors, such as open space, tree cover and topographic variation, as well as views and beach access. These factors are often neglected in analyses of liveability in favour of cultural and economic factors, but environmental features greatly impact on the quality of life of residents and it is refreshing to see their importance recognised.

In terms of open spaces, the study takes into account the proportion of public recreational spaces, nature reserves and parks available in each suburb. The tree coverage element of the study examines the size of the tree canopy in neighbourhoods as populations generally prefer green leafy environments to concrete jungles.

To read the full article published on the Domain website, you can click here.

Author: LNA Master Landscapers Association
Tags: Industry News

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