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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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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 one hour in a secure CBD parking garage in each Australian city. The city with the highest average price for one hour parking is Sydney at A$28. The city with the lowest price for one hour parking is Hobart at A$3.2. There is an obvious contrast between the two cities which raises discussions regarding the intent of policies.
This FACT indicates the number of 2008 Beijing Olympic Medallists per 100,000 persons who were born within the greater metropolitan area of each respective city. Australia won a total of 46 medals, 14 gold, 15 silver and 17 bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The city with the highest amount of gold medallists per 100,000 was Hobart with 2 medals per 100,000, confirming its position as a sporting powerhouse. The city with the lowest was Melbourne, with .28 people per 100,000
This FACT indicates the total length of energy transmission networks (underground cables) in kilometres in each state, measured between 2009-2010. This number is represented in thousands. Underground energy lines are beneficial to a city for a number of reasons, firstly, because they have less of a visual and environmental impact, which typically generate large opposition from local communities. Another benefit is that they have lower transmission losses and can absorb emergency power loads. They also have lower maintenance costs, emit no electric field and can be engineered to emit a lower magnetic field than an overhead line. They require a narrower band of land to install are less susceptible to the impacts of severe weather. The disadvantages are that the initial costs are high, and if there is a malfunction, it can be more difficult to repair. The state with the largest length of these netowrks is New South Wales, at 37,208 km. The state with the smallest number is Tasmania, at 2,192 km.
This FACT indicates the number of live music hotel and bar venues in each Australian state, according to the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) per 100,000 people as of September 2011.
Live music and bar venues provide entertainment to audiences, but also a stage for the creative growth and development of a community, encouraging cultural and entertainment markets. While the state with the highest number of venues is Queensland, South Australia has the most per capita, at 9.28 venues per 100,000 people. The state with the least remains the Australian Capital Territory at 3.35 venues per 100,000 people.
This FACT indicates the participation rate of children aged 5 to 14 who partake in organized singing activities in each state. Organised singing activities include singing schools, choirs, and school productions.
According to statistics for 2012, the state/territory with the highest rate of participation is the Australian Capital Territory, at 9.7 percent. The state with the lowest is Tasmania, at 3.6 percent.