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Capital ideas
Released 31 January 2011



Residents of Australia’s capital cities are dissatisfied with their quality of life, according to a national survey by the Property Council of Australia.  

More than 4000 city dwellers took part in the online survey last September and October, which ranked the liveability of cities and solicited opinions about government performance on urban policy.

The survey found that 69 per cent of respondents wanted the Gillard Government to take a much greater role in planning and investing in Australia’s cities. Some of the issues of concern include affordable housing, congestion, safety, public transport and access to jobs, education and healthcare.

Only half of participants rated their state or territory government as doing an excellent, good or fair job. In NSW, 59 per cent of residents surveyed thought the State Government was doing a poor job managing growth, and 70 per cent of Sydney residents rated the State Government as poor or very poor when it came to affordable housing.