This project investigates the impacts on the lived experience of people in major Australian cities, focusing on the effects of land-use, diffuse air pollution, transport, urban heat and the interconnections between them.
Through the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub funded by the Federal Government’s National Environmental Science Program, this project will continue to build upon previous research investigating the liveability of capital cities across Australia into rural and regional contexts through the development of a conceptual framework of liveability in rural and regional areas of Victoria and Australia. The framework will be tested through the development of relevant rural and regional indicators of liveability that can be used for future monitoring and reporting purposes.
Building on the foundational work to develop a liveability performance framework that can be used to benchmark and monitor progress towards the development of healthy, liveable cities. The consultation process with regional cities, local governments, the Victorian Governments and key stakeholders will inform modification of existing indicators, data sourcing and the development of new indicators as required. In addition, this project could help to inform the development of baseline indicators for the Federal Government’s City Deals which is currently under discussion. To enable the baseline indicators to be developed, we will need to source up-to-date spatial data from a range of data. The indicators will be developed according to the most appropriate spatial scale (e.g., Statistical Area 1, Statistical Area 2) informed through the conceptual framework development process with key stakeholders and research partners.