High FIVE, MELBOURNE

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Marvellous Melbourne has again been named the world’s most liveable city, topping a global survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for the fifth year in a row.

The EIU Liveability Index is the world’s most widely accepted ranking of liveability, comparing 140 of the world’s major cities.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Melbourne excelled in the five criteria: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

“We should be very proud of our city being named World’s Most Liveable City for the fifth year in a row. It is unprecedented for Melbourne and is particularly pleasing in a year when theEconomist Intelligence Unit notes that many cities lost ground.

“We must be doing something right in our cities in this part of the world: half of the top 10 most liveable cities are in Australia and New Zealand,” the Lord Mayor said.

Melbourne placed first ahead of Vienna, Austria, and the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto. Adelaide was rated equal fifth most liveable city, tied with Calgary, Canada. Sydney and Perth were ranked seventh and eighth respectively.

City of Melbourne Chief Executive Officer Ben Rimmer said being named world’s most liveable city was a testament to the economic, cultural and social opportunities Melbourne offers.

“Liveability matters to the people of Melbourne, but it’s about much more than quality of life. Through our higher standard of living we are able to attract the kind of talent and workforce that will drive the 21st century economy,” Mr Rimmer said.

High five, Melbourne!

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Zara is a healthy home consultant, author and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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