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Brisbane named in top seven most liveable cities

21 March, 2012

Brisbane has been recognised as one of the seven most liveable cities in the world after receiving a ‘special mention’ at the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in Singapore today.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane was the only Australian city named as a finalist for the prize that recognised cities from around the world that excelled in urban design, good governance and innovation.

“To be named a finalist alongside cities like Copenhagen, Denmark and Vancouver goes to show that Brisbane’s international reputation is growing and we are well on our way to becoming Australia’s New World City,” Cr Quirk said.

“I want Brisbane to be an attractive city that boasts a vibrant city centre where people can work, live and play and this award shows we are one of the most livable cities in the world.

“This esteemed prize acknowledges Council’s investment in Urban Renewal over the last 20 years, where rundown industrial areas like Fortitude Valley and Teneriffe and the city’s neglected riverfront have been transformed into thriving urban communities.

“Council’s urban renewal initiative is the longest running program of its type in Australia and has achieved remarkable success in transforming inner city Brisbane.”

The Lord Mayor said over the last 20 years $8.75 billion had been directly invested into inner Brisbane, resulting in 14 hectares of new parkland and an extra 4.5 kilometres in public access to the Brisbane River.

“Recent Council initiatives like the revitalization of Burnett Lane, Market Street and Jacobs Ladder are making a real difference to the vibrancy of our city centre,” Cr Quirk said.

“Being named as a finalist in the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is not only an incredible honour but also a testament to our strong commitment to urban renewal.”

Brisbane was one of seven entries out of 62 nominations shortlisted in the award after a delegation of international judges visited the city in October.

New York was the overall winner of the biennial prize and the second winner in its history, with the first awarded to Bilbao, Spain in 2010.

Other special mention finalists in the 2012 Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize included:
• Ahmedabad, India
• Copenhagen, Denmark.
• Malmö, Sweden.
• Vancouver, Canada.
• Khayelitsha, South Africa.

Please visit the Brisbane City Council website for more information on what Council is doing to make Brisbane one of the greatest city's in the world to live in.

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