Perth’s western suburbs have been ranked the best places to live, due to their accessibility to services and low levels of mortgage stress, according to a new report.
PriceWaterhouse Cooper's latest CityPulse report has revealed the top 10 places to "live, work and play", in the West Australian capital.
Following on from its coverage of Sydney and Melbourne, PwC has identified which areas within greater Perth provides most ready access to the things that make cities great – transport, housing, health services, employment, parks and recreation facilities, cultural facilities and entertainment.
“We live in cities because we want to be close to the things that matter to us – jobs, our families and community, culture, sport and entertainment, and high-quality essential services” PwC manager Tim McMinn said.
“This makes accessibility a key measure of quality of life in the city and CityPulse captures a lot of what makes Perth, and its different areas".
PwC's “live” ranking measures the overall amenity of a locality based on factors such as housing affordability, crime rates and access to services such as health care and schools.
Wembley, West Leederville and Glendalough equally placed first due to their significant accessibility to services and low levels of mortgage stress.
North Perth (3km from the CBD) placed second and Booragoon, south of the CBD, came in at third.
Perth's liveability was downgraded due to the requirement of cars and limited public transport options.
“As Perth’s population expands to a projected 3.5 million by 2050, Perth’s easy accessibility by car will no longer hold as increased congestion takes place and we will need to see major investments in connective infrastructure to avoid a dramatic increase in congestion.” Perth managing partner Michelle Tremain said.
For its "work" measure, PwC considered a range of economic factors such as business activity, employment rates, access to jobs and economic performance rates.
Perth City came in at number one.
Subiaco and Shenton Park ranked second before Nedlands, Dalkeith and Crawley at third.
“Jobs in Perth are highly concentrated around the CBD, with job accessibility by public transport declining rapidly once you move beyond this central region," Tremain said.
"This trend is most pronounced in Perth’s southern suburbs, with the exception of a narrow corridor along the Mandurah train line."
PwC's "play" criteria measures aspects of the locality that make it an appealing place for leisure activities such as entertainment, dining and cultural or sporting activities.
Again, Perth City came in first, beating second place Swanbourne-Mount Claremont and at third Fremantle.
“Perth’s greatest assets are an abundance of open space and national parks, a world-class new sports stadium and some of the country’s best urban beaches and boating facilities," Tremain said.
“But as Perth grows to over 3.5 million people, with commensurate congestion, building upon this base, equitable access for all residents to these amenities is our next challenge.”