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This FACT indicates the total number of cargo in tonnes that was imported to each Australian capital city port between the years 2011 to 2012. These number are represented in millions.
These numbers have an impact on infrastructure and government policy, as well as providing insight into the self-sustainability of each city. The city with the highest number of imports is Sydney - the most heavily populated state - at 21.2 million tonnes. The city with the lowest was Hobart, at 0.9 million tonnes. In this instance, Canberra has been omitted since it has no sea ports.
This FACT indicates the cost of a single-trip regular bus fare in each city. The prices are based on a peak adult ticket price. Public transport is not as widely used in Australia as in other countries, especially those that have high-density populations. It remains, however, a money-smart option for commuters, and is a viable option to help reduce the impact of pollution on cities. While these are strong points in favour of using public transport, the connections, infrastructure, and price of a ticket can deter commuters from taking this option. The city with the highest fare is Melbourne at $3.58. The city with the cheapest fare is Sydney at $2.30.
*All regular adult fares are based on each city’s metro prepaid travel card price with the exception of Darwin, where there is no current metro travel card available. The price of Darwin’s standard one-trip ticket has been used.
This FACT indicates the estimated number of kangaroos within the certified commercial harvest areas in each state. Out of the states that have been surveyed, Queensland has the highest number of kangaroos likely attributed to the density of native flora that the kangaroos consume. In more sparsely vegetated regions such as Western Australia, the numbers are much lower.
This FACT indicates the percentage of gay and lesbian couples in the greater capital city of each city. The statistics vary substantially between cities. In Sydney and Canberra, the percentage of gay and lesbian couples is equal at 1.1 percent, whereas in Adelaide and Perth, the percentage is at 0.6 percent. Statistically, Australia wide there are more gay couples, however, in Sydney and Melbourne there is a higher number of lesbian couples.
Urban public transport (UPT) is an important part of the transport task. Effective public transport systems provide benefits for both individuals and the communtiy as a whole, and comprise an important part of government policy at all levels. Effective public transport systems help reduce the cost of congestion, ease environmental pressures, and provide affordable and sustainable commuting options to residents and visitors. These projections are based modelling from 2011 onwards.
This FACT shows the projected UPT in each city in 2013, according to the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport.