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 founder and editor of Oh My Goodness. A certified holistic health coach, National Breast Cancer Foundation speaker and Bupa health influencer award finalist, Zara is passionate about making it as easy and fun for people to lead a healthy lifestyle. She’s appeared on The Project and Today Show; her recipes have been featured on I Quit Sugar, Sport Luxe, and Show and Tell Online; and she’s a regular contributor to Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online.

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