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ACT, very liveable except for climate and housing
5 March 2013
But only 50 per cent of Canberrans said they believed their city had a good climate, the weakest score of all the cities surveyed.
And only a quarter of locals think the nation's capital offers a good range of affordable housing.
The Property Council of Australia's report asked participants to rank the relative importance of a range of their city's attributes, including cleanliness, safety, and good healthcare and public transport, and then asked respondents whether their city exhibited those attributes.
Canberra came in second of 11 cities in overall liveability, just behind Adelaide, with scores of 63.6 and 63.4 respectively.
Canberra's score dropped by just 0.2 from the 2011 report, while Sydney and Darwin were given the worst liveability scores of the 11 cities surveyed.
A higher portion of Canberrans than any other city said they believed their city was clean, well maintained and unpolluted, and a safe place for people and their property.
Canberra ranked best for being home to a diverse range of people who get on well, and above average for offering a wide range of outdoor recreational environments, attractive natural environments and good schools.
But only 25 per cent of Canberrans said their city had a good range of quality affordable housing.
Catherine Carter, executive director of the Property Council of Australia ACT, told ABC radio on Monday morning the results indicated the ACT government needed to change policies in regard to affordable housing.
Ms Carter said the government should consider releasing more land and changing tax settings, and suggested community opposition to infill was held by a vocal minority.
''The research shows that Canberra residents actually are more likely to support, rather than oppose housing developments to support population growth, including a high level of support for infill development.'' she said.