Tweed's quality of life ranks high

THE Tweed is one of the best places to live for quality of life, new research has found.

The Australian Conservation Foundation yesterday released the 2010 Sustainable Cities Index of the country’s 20 largest cities.

It was compiled to encourage healthy competition, stimulate discussion and suggestions for new ways of thinking about Australian cities.

The Tweed and Gold Coast ranked eighth overall out of Australia’s 20 largest cities and came in third in the quality of life category, measured by health, density, wellbeing, transport and employment figures.

The area beat capital cities including Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

“The results for Gold Coast and Tweed are varied,” quotes the report.

“Despite achieving the top ranking under the water indicator (on average residential properties receives 162kL of mains water annually), the Gold Coast-Tweed performed lowest for public participation (only 11.28 per cent of residents volunteer) and household repayments (over 38 per cent of household income is spent on loan repayments).”

In terms of resilience, which was described in the report as “a city’s ability to absorb future shocks and adapt to emerging pressures”, Tweed and Gold Coast ranked fourth last.



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