Posted on 08 September 2016

Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city for the sixth year running accordingthe Economist’s global liveability survey.

The top five most liveable cities remained unchanged: Melbourne followed by Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto. Adelaide and Calgary in Canada tied for fifth place.

Melbourne lord mayor, Robert Doyle, celebrated the ranking on Thursday: “I can’t wait to make my annual phone call to Gregor Robertson, mayor of Vancouver,” he said.

Vancouver was the number one city before being overtaken by Melbourne in 2011, which possibly explains why Doyle skips calling Michael Häupl, mayor of second-placed Vienna, for gloating to Robertson.

“To retain the title of world’s most liveable city for six consecutive years is a fantastic accolade for Melbourne, and something we should all be proud of,” Doyle said.

“We do not take this title for granted and are constantly planning and implementing policies that will continue to improve our quality of life.”

Sydney fell four places from seventh in 2015 to 11th in the 2016 survey “owing to a heightened perceived threat of terrorism”.

It’s the second blow to Sydney’s self confidence in a week. On Monday the city fell from first to second place on Conde Nast’s 2016 list of the friendliest cities.

Not all Sydney residents were taking it well.

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