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Sydney Suffers And The Winner Is... Melbourne!

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Melbourne to be Australia's city of the future, says a world study
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The outlook is bleak. Melbourne, not Sydney, is Australia's city of the future.

A world study evaluated cities on their efforts to improve sustainability including public transport, local economy, environment, health, education, recreation and living standards. Melbourne rated sixth on the top 10 list of sustainable cities and Sydney was nowhere to be seen.

The list by the influential New York-based Ethisphere Institute is likely to influence where international corporations choose to base themselves and future investment.

Ethisphere encourages ethics in business and its magazine is sent to 65,000 business leaders around the world.

It praised Melbourne for its plans to cut the number of cars in the city, impose a speed limit of 30 kmh, have only 10 per cent of workers commute to the city, build bike paths, introduce a city bicycle rental system, introduce massive energy saving measures, build more affordable housing and increase public transport.

The city also plans to operate public transport 24 hours a day and encourage late-night entertainment.

The study rated Melbourne as a world city of the future along with New York, Toronto, Frankfurt, Singapore, Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Hyderabad, London and Curitiba in Brazil.

The recognition comes as Australian statistics reveal Melbourne is on track to take over from Sydney as Australia's largest city in 20 years.

Demographer Bernard Salt calculates that if current population trends continue, Melbourne will overtake Sydney by 2028. Victoria is attracting more migrants than NSW and Sydneysiders are leaving in droves to settle in Queensland, Victoria and other states.

In the 12 months to June 2007, Melbourne's population grew by 62,306 residents, nearly double the growth in Sydney.

Mr Salt, who lives in Melbourne, said Sydney had slumped into a post-2000 "Olympic depression". He said: "Melbourne is busy closing the population gap on Australia's glamour city."

Melbourne's march on Sydney seems unstoppable. Economic growth in Melbourne has been double that of Sydney in the past 12 months. And at the same time as Melbourne is winning international recognition for its plans for the future, the NSW Government is abandoning Sydney's much-needed infrastructure improvements.

The promised North West Metro is likely to be canned by new Premier Nathan Rees as NSW faces a $1 billion financial black hole. NSW, once the economic engine room of the country, last week was the only state in Australia where unemployment rose.

Sydney is still by far the largest international tourism destination and main entry point for Australia but since the 2000 Olympics, NSW's share of international visitors has fallen 7.6 per cent. Victoria's has risen 12.2 per cent.

In 2007, Melbourne eclipsed Sydney by $400 million in domestic tourist dollars.

NSW is the only Australian state where business investment is being cut and consumers are spending less and housing investment is the lowest in 11 years.

Sydney's state of affairs is so desperate the NSW Government is spending big money for a fancy new logo and "global brand" campaign to promote the harbour city around the world. Tourism and Transport Forum managing director Chris Brown and member of the brand committee said Sydney had to define exactly what its "brand" was and to market that "brand" around the world.

Melbourne is steering clear of such slick marketing talk. Lord Mayor John So said while Sydney has natural beauty and iconic architecture such as the Opera House, Melbourne was making use of its human assets.

"In Melbourne we've focused on enhancing our city's characteristics to build its identity as a place for people," Mayor So said.

"Our laneways and arcades have spawned a cafe culture which is enjoyed by everyone who experiences it.

"We have a large student population, which makes Melbourne a young city. But I think our greatest advantage is our cultural diversity. In Melbourne, you'll always find something you like to see or do."

The US edition of Travel+Leisure put Melbourne in its 100 greatest tips for 2008, ignoring all other Australian cities.

The shift has Melbourne crowing. For once there is a glimmer of sheen down in bleak city. Morris Iemma gloated Sydney was on the world Monopoly board and said "Eat your heart out Melbourne" just before his own party knifed him.

But no matter how well Melbourne does, it'll never have whales in the harbour, dawn on the Harbour Bridge and sunset at the Opera House.

As Paul Keating once said: "If you don't live in Sydney, you're just camping out."

Source: The Sun-Herald

Article Link: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/melbou...ge#contentSwap1

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Guest mori

unless i move to melbourne

then sydney still remains number 1

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Guest NJSK.

Sydney also has me.

It is clear that we are invincible.

(edit)

Sydney also has Kiera.

Game over.

muchlove!

-jisoo

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Guest twinkle_l0ve

ahaha typical of mori and pogi and jisoo :)

forgetting me?!

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Guest LK.

Sydney is like soo cool that the coolness of it can like be cool and stuff [: .

GO HARBOR BRIDGE !~

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Guest Joanne <3

LOL, you Sydneysiders are great. :lol: Where are all the Melbournians? I thought they'd be here to rep their pride, hahaha.

I actually really like both though, they both have their good qualities and features. No doubt they're amazing cities... I've always managed to have good fun in both, so it's too hard for me to compare!

*points down* Poor you Shiwen, unfortunately the vote is sitting at 5 Sydneysiders against 1 Melbournian, haha!

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Melbourne wins any day of the week/month/year :)

gg. how much more proof do you need :phew:

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Guest the.user

But no matter how well Melbourne does, it'll never have whales in the harbour, dawn on the Harbour Bridge, or sunset at the Opera House

No, but we have the MCG, Eureka tower and popularity apparently. xP

If you can't tell, I'm with Shiwen and LunaDiviner. xD

Woo Melbourne represent! :lol:

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Guest ZWD

Until the prediction becomes true, Sydney number one :)

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Until the prediction becomes true, Sydney number one :)

Not quite :phew:

Melbourne beats out Sydney again

The Age September 10, 2008

http://www.theage.com.au/news/news/melbour...0857616025.html

Melbourne has again beaten rival Sydney as the hottest tourist destination for domestic travellers.

Victoria's capital was rated number one for shopping, food, cultural and sporting events, romance, nightlife and theatre in the

Tourism Victoria survey, which polled 1200 Australians in June.

City vs city rankings

Shopping

Melbourne

Sydney

Brisbane

Theatre

Melbourne

Sydney

Adelaide

Quality food experiences and world-class restaurants

Melbourne

Sydney

Brisbane

International sporting and cultural events

Melbourne

Sydney

Brisbane

Style and romance

Melbourne

Sydney

Brisbane

Interesting cafes, bars And nightclubs

Melbourne

Sydney

Brisbane

Interesting and diverse regional experiences within 1.5 hours from the city

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Things to see and do a day's drive from the city

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

State vs state rankings

Quality regional food and wine

Victoria

South Australia

NSW

Great place to tour by car

Victoria

Queensland and NSW equal second

World class natural attractions

Queensland

Northern Territory

NSW

Unique history and heritage

NSW

Northern Territory

Tasmania

Boutique wineries

South Australia

Victoria

NSW

Spa and wellness experiences

Victoria and Queensland equal first

NSW

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Guest Jungwon

LOL. I have a feeling not many people will like Melbourne. JUST BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER! Yeah, I live in Melbourne XD

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Guest the.user

Why wouldn't they like the weather?

Where else can you experience four seasons in one day? xD

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On average, we get paid more in Sydney and our realestate/commercial property is worth more. Melbourne is expected to surpass us because they're cheaper, but only 'expected'.

And I repeat, Sydney has Pogi. :)

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Guest lido0l_zen

Sydney is world known. When you ask people wheres melbourne? They'll go theres a melbourne? =] IM just kidding. Im sure sydney would fix itself and will continue to outgrow melbourne. Though i would think melbourne would get all the tall skyscrapers coz sydney has that centre point tower and im guessing the government bans any building that would out do the centre point tower.>.<

Either way were both Australian and proud ! :rolleyes:

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Guest ZWD

Not quite :phew:

Only because everyone has already been to Sydney before and now are exploring the less famous areas :rolleyes:

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Guest joongie;love

Melbourne FTW. It's the best.

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