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While many Australians drive into the CBD, do the costs of parking outweigh the convenience in some cities? While many assume taxis, for example, to be an unnecessary expense, using this mode of transport could indeed be cheaper than driving and parking in the CBD depending on where you live.
This FACT indicates the average cost of parking for four hours in a secure CBD parking garage in each Australian city. The city with the highest average price for four hour parking is Sydney at A$74.60. The city with the lowest price for four hour parking is Darwin at A$5.10. There is an obvious contrast between the two cities which raises discussions regarding the intent of policies.
Thanks to Australian cities’ propensity towards urban sprawl, as well as its comparatively low CBD density, transport networks are less expansive than in other parts of the world, and are subsequently less used. However, there is no doubt regarding the great disparity in cost between driving and public transport. When you take into account vehicle maintenance, registration, fuel costs, and CBD parking costs, it is apparent that savings of thousands of dollars can be made, although even here there is great variation in costs depending on the type of vehicle and commuting distance. Evidently, there are also huge environmental savings to be made when people opt for public transport instead of driving. Public transport users contribute to lowering the cost of pollution, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This FACT indicates the cost per year of commuting to and from work into the CBD using public transport, assuming a five day work week and commuting during peak hour traffic (usually a higher tariff rate for public transport commuters). For cities that implement zone pricing structures, (that is, the cost increases the further one travels), the average between a 5km and 25km journey from the CBD is used. The city with the highest cost to commute is Brisbane at $3628.1 in one year. The city with the lowest cost is Canberra at $1363.0 in one year.
This FACT indicates the proportion of fresh produce markets per 100,000 persons that operate within each Australian capital. A farmers' or produce market consists of individual vendors who set up stalls or stands, outdoors or indoors, to sell produce, meat products, fruits and, sometimes, prepared foods and beverages. The city with the highest number of fresh food markets is Darwin, at 4.97 per 100,000 persons. In comparison, the second highest is Hobart at .94. The city with the lowest proportion is Melbourne, with .125 fresh produce markets per 100,000.
This FACT indicates the average Home Value Index (HVI) unit prices of each Australian city. The HVI aims to measure month to month movements in the value of Australian housing markets. These prices have been taken from the monthly values for the end of October 2015. The cheapest city in which to buy a unit is Hobart, significantly lower that Adelaide, which ranked second. A unit in Sydney, unsurprisingly, costs the most.This FACT is indicated in thousands of dollars.
This FACT indicates the amount of state water supply sourced from groundwater per 10,000 persons (megalitres) in each Australian state. These figures have been calculated by taking the total volume of water sourced from groundwater in each state and dividing it by 10,000. The numbers here show that Western Australia sources the largest supply of water from groundwater sources, at 732.5 megalitres per 10,000 persons Darwin is not far behind at 676 megalitres. Compared, to these numbers groundwater makes up a small part of the water supply for the other states and territories.