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This FACT indicates the average annual afternoon wind speeds, in kilometres per hour, measured at 3pm in each Australian city between the years 1981 to 2010. Wind speed, or wind velocity, is commonly measured with an anemometer. Wind speed measurement is important as it affects weather forecasts, outdoor work operations, maritime operations, construction projects and the growth rate of plants. The city with the highest wind speed average is tied between Perth and Brisbane at 19.5 kilometres per hour. The city with the lowest is Melbourne at 12.2 kilometres per hour, followed closely by Sydney, at 13.9 kilometres per hour.
This FACT indicates the area of broadacre in hectares. Across Australia, these crops span 253,194 km & up and are used in the agricultural industry. This number is represented in millions.
Broadacre is defined as land suitable for farms practicing large-scale crop (agriculture) operations, and includes wheat, oats, barley, triticale, sorghum, rice, maize, other cereals, canola, other oilseeds, peanuts, other pulses, cotton lint, and sugar cane for crushing. Across Australia, these crops span 253,194 kilometres and above. The state with the largest area in 2012/13 is Western Australia with 8,188,398 hectares. The Australian Capital Territory is the smallest with 402 hectares.
This FACT indicates the global connectivity of Australian cities as ranked by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network from the year 2010. A global city (also referred to as an alpha city) is a city generally considered to be an important node in the global economic system of finance and trade. The data was interpreted and given a numbering system from 1-12, where a city that had a 'sufficiency' rating was given the value of 1, and a city with an 'alpha++' rating was given a value of 12. According to GaWC, Sydney has the highest global connectivity ranking in Australia, as an Alpha Plus(+); Melbourne is next at Alpha Minus (-); then Brisbane at Beta Minus (-) and Adelaide rated Gamma Plus (+). Canberra is described as High Sufficiency, whilst Darwin and Hobart have not qualified for a rating, and hence are assigned a value of zero.
While technological advancement and environmental research and development have allowed the creation of new greenpower schemes (sustainable and environmentally friendly power sources) for household use, education and awareness can sometimes pose as a barrier to their adoption. Which Australian city is most aware of their greenpower options? This FACT indicates the percentage of households in each state that are aware of greenpower schemes available to them.
Urban public transport is an important part of the transport task, and effective public transport systems provide benefits for individuals and the community as a whole. This FACT indicates the total number of passenger kilometres travelled (in billions) modelled for 2011.