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August 17, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Melbourne is scoring on all fronts – it has once again been named the world’s most liveable city (for the seventh consecutive year) and you now can catch an UberX from Melbourne Airport after a taxi protest to stop the development fizzled out.

The annual Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index named Melbourne World’s Most Liveable City for the seventh year in a row.

The ranking assesses living conditions in 140 cities across the globe by assigning a rating across five broad categories, including: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.

Melbourne’s blend of cultural, shopping, music and nightlife, laneways and small bar culture, parks and gardens, creative communities and good infrastructure did the trick. It achieved a perfect score for healthcare, education and infrastructure, and overall the highest score combined of 97.5 out of 100.

This spring, Melbourne is set to welcome a host of new events and festivals and welcome back some old favourites, the city also hosts Pop Up Globe, showcasing the works of William Shakespeare, and another fashion blockbuster comes to Victoria’s NGV; The House of Dior : Seventy Years of Haute Couture opens on 26 August 2017.

Melbourne also boasts over 150 biotechnology companies, 13 major medical research institutes, 10 teaching hospitals and 9 universities across Victoria, with some of the world’s preeminent researchers conducting their work here and translating to innovative health outcomes for Victorians.

Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), Karen Bolinger said to receive the accolade of World’s Most Liveable City seven years in a row was a great achievement for the city and recognised the attributes that help MCB secure business events for the state.

“The city has an outstanding track record of hosting some of the world’s largest and most prestigious international conferences, which would not be possible without our modern infrastructure, accessibility, convenience and thriving culture.

“I’m not being biased, but as a business events destination Melbourne truly does have it all!” Bolinger said.

Meanwhile, an UberX rank opened at Melbourne Airport and a second taxi blockade of Melbourne Airport fell flat despite earlier threats by taxi drivers to cause chaos.

On Tuesday night, taxi drivers blocked the road into the airport in a protest over moves to let UberX to operate inside the airport. As well as blockading roads leading to and from the airport they refused to pick up passengers, affecting more than 1200 passengers and leaving some stranded.

Adelaide Airport faced similar hassles recently. See: Uber sparks airport row but sex charges get headlines

Edited by Peter Needham

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