Canberra rates highly in liveability, active travel and sustainable measures in the Australian Government's 2013 State of Australian Cities Report, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today.
The annual State of Australian Cities Report considers the progress of Australia's 18 largest cities in terms of their contributions to productivity, sustainability and liveability.
"We're proud the nation's capital is being seen in a favourable light in these areas, as states and territories are compared on a national scale," Mr Corbell said.
"The report shows an increasing uptake of 'active travel' by Canberrans. In 2011, 7.1% of Canberra commuters walked or cycled to work, one of the highest rates of active travel of the major cities. Our active travel networks are supported by the Transport for Canberra Strategy released in March 2012.
"In terms of sustainability measures, the ACT Government is committed to clear, achievable greenhouse gas reduction targets as set out in recent policy decisions. The management of waste is contributing to creating a sustainable Canberra. Our city has the highest level of recycling of the major cities, with 85% of standard recyclables and over 90% of green waste recycled in 2012.
"The 2013 State of Australian Cities Report reinforces the need for governments around Australia to look at key areas to continue to grow and improve, as we learn to tackle challenges such as climate change and population growth."
The population of Canberra and Queanbeyan grew by 10% between 2006 and 2011, to 418,292, compared to 4% between 2001 and 2006.
Canberra was ranked second among eleven Australian cities included in the Property Council's My City liveability survey, where participants rated safety, cost of living, health, employment and quality of the environment as the most important attributes for liveability. Maintaining and improving the prosperity and quality of life is a critical aim of this government.
"The ACT Government therefore continues to promote the need to invest in strategic infrastructure projects across the city to cope with the continued growth in the region, such as the Capital Metro light rail project," he said.
"With growth rates continuing over coming years, it is vital for the government to invest in important projects which will see the transformation of the capital."
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