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Number of cars per household

How many cars does each Australian household own? Australians are car dependent, but do they share their vehicles, or is there more a one car per person policy? This FACT indicates the average number of motor vehicles per household in each Australian capital city for the year 2011. The city with the highest number is tied between Darwin and Perth, at 1.8. The city with the lowest number is Sydney, at 1.6. Compared with the number of people per household (taking into account the number of adolescents or children present, who are unable to drive), this makes for a high number of people who own their own car.

This FACT is also ranked from low to high (low is good) in the Sustainability category.

Number of tennis courts within 30km of the CBD

This FACT indicates the number of tennis courts within 30km of the CBD in each city. Tennis has become increasingly popular over the years in Australia since its arrival in the late 1800s, with a considerable amount of courts springing up in each state. Professional Australian players have been ranked against some of the world’s best with legends such as Patrick Rafter and current players such as Lleyton Hewitt. According to data from Tennis Australia for the year 2014, the city with the highest number of courts is Melbourne at 1,635. The city with the lowest number is Darwin at 25.

Percentage of population walking or cycling for work purposes

How fit are Australians? When compared to cities around the world, Australian city dwellers walk and cycle much less than those in other cities around the world. This is partly explained by the vast distances and urban sprawl that are prominent characteristics of all Australian capital cities. The levels of car dependency in Australia have therefore been on the increase (in vehicle kilometres travelled), at a rate much faster than the population growth. Car dependency leads to infrastructural and environmental issues like traffic congestion, particularly in the larger capitals where infrastructure and public transport provisions have not kept pace with growth rates. Pollution and carbon emissions are a growing problem, aggravated by high vehicle use of a growing and aging population.

This FACT indicates the percentage of people who are helping to balance this equation, by either walking or cycling for their commute to and from work. The Australian city with the highest percentage of people using non-motorised vehicles for work purposes is Darwin, at 7.54 percent(this is not what your data table says). The city with the lowest is Perth, at 3.41 percent(not in the data table). – I did wonder if this title also suggests that people rely on either walking or cycling as part of their work, eg bicycle courier – I’m assuming this is not what the data was saying.

State and Territory government expenditure on performing arts venues (millions)(Regional)

This FACT indicates the amount of financial support given to performing arts venues by State and Territory Governments in 2012-2013. This funding targets the operation, construction or maintenance of venues mainly engaged in the presentation and rehearsal of performing arts. The numbers are represented in millions of dollars.

The cost of a 10km taxi fare in Australian cities (off peak)

This FACT indicates the cost of a 10km taxi trip between 19:00 and 5:59 (off peak) in each Australian city. Due to a nation-wide crackdown on drink driving, coupled with relatively few public transport options and connections, taxis are, for many, the only viable transport option for a night out. Based on results from in 2013 using the taxi fare calculator, the city with the highest fare during off-peak hours is Sydney, at $29.18 per 10km. The city with the lowest is Perth at $21.60 per 10km.

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