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While there are many things that make a city liveable, their order of priority is different for everyone. There are several 'Liveability Indexes' that exist, but none that weigh the things that Australians prioritise with hard data.
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Is public transport or a taxi sometimes the best bet? Australia's car dependency is placing a lot of stress on the environment and the broader economy, but it is also negatively effecting people's personal finances. This data here was collected by Parkopedia in 2015.
This FACT indicates the average cost of parking for eight hours in a secure CBD parking garage in each Australian city. The city with the highest average price is Sydney with A$47.63; a huge saving on the average 2 hours payable by motorists. Darwin is again the lowest, at A$6.07 for 8 hours.
Australians are some of the highest meat consumers in the world. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization data for 2009, Australians consume around 111.5 kilograms of meat per year on average. This number is more than double the world average of 41.9 kilograms. However, consumption patterns are starting to change, with a shift towards healthier, cheaper and more sustainable eating habits. In light of this, the number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Australia is growing.
This FACT indicates the number of 100% vegetarian and vegan restaurants per 100,000 persons in each state and territory. The state with the highest number of 100% vegetarian and vegan restaurants is Tasmania, at 9.45 per 100,000 persons. The state with the lowest number per 100,000 is Western Australia, at 2.37.
This FACT indicates the number of wine producing regions within each state and territory. Wine-producing regions, or growing regions, are areas where vineyards are planted. Wine grapes mostly grow between the 30th and the 50th degree of latitude, in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Grapes will sometimes grow beyond this range and minor amounts of wine are made in some very unexpected places. The state with the highest number is South Australia, at 17 wine regions. The state/territory with the lowest is the Australian Capital Territory, at just 1.
Traffic control fines are huge sources of income for state governments. In the year 2012/13, for example, the Adelaide City Council collected A$6 million in traffic-related fines alone. An expiation fine is issued when a motor vehicle excceds the specified time limit which has been allocated for a parking space.
This FACT indicates the cost of a standard expiation parking fine in each Australian city. The city with the highest parking fine is Sydney at $86. The city with the lowest fine is Hobart at $25.
This FACT indicates the amount of spending by State and Territory Governments on musical theatre and the opera in 2012-2013. This is defined as performances where there is a relatively even balance between musical and theatrical elements. The numbers are represented in millions of dollars.