Melbourne the World's Most Liveable City - What can Perth Learn?

For the fourth consecutive year, Melbourne was awarded the most liveable city in the world in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Global Liveability Index. The EIU assessed 140 cities across the globe and rated them based on their healthcare, stability, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Perth was ranked 9th behind Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

Melbourne also joined Tokyo and Copenhagen at the top of culture and lifestyle magazine Monocle’s, Quality of Life Survey 2014.

What is it that makes Melbourne the world’s most liveable city? As Perth’s population continues to grow, what can we learn from Melbourne’s experiences? What mistakes can we avoid? And why do so many Perth people look longingly at Melbourne’s café, restaurant, fashion and sporting culture?

At the Committee for Perth’s first Perth in Focus luncheon for 2015, Melbourne Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle will share his thoughts about why Melbourne has consistently been rated as the world’s most liveable city.

Premier Colin Barnett and Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi will also be part of a panel discussion after the keynote speaker.

The event will examine two key themes:

  • What has made Melbourne the world's most liveable city.
  • What can Perth learn from Melbourne as it continues to grow.

Meet our speakers and panellists

The Right Hon. The Lord Mayor Robert Doyle Image
The Right Hon. The Lord Mayor Robert Doyle

The Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne

Robert Doyle was elected in 2008 and 2012, and is the serving Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

Robert Doyle is a Principal at The Nous Group, a management consultancy business based in Melbourne and, since 2007, has been Chairman of Melbourne Health (The Royal Melbourne Hospital).

Robert is President of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Chairman of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation and a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance. Robert is also an Ambassador for Odyssey House, a drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation facility, an Ambassador for SecondBite, a not-for profit organisation committed to making a positive difference by distributing fresh food to the disadvantaged and homeless, an ex-officio member of Cancer Council Victoria and an Ambassador for Field of Women, a charity raising awareness of breast cancer, an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Day Foundation, an international day for the elimination of violence against women, an Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Honorary President of the Melbourne Region of the Scout Association and a Board member of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) Ltd.
In 2010 Robert was made a Fellow of Monash University.

Robert recently joined the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA) as a committee member.
A Member of Victoria’s Parliament for 14 years, Robert was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Party for four years.

He has also been Shadow Minister for Health and, in government, Parliamentary Secretary for Health.

The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA Image
The Hon. Colin Barnett MLA

Premier of Western Australia; Minister for State Development; Science

Since becoming Western Australia's 29th Premier on September 6, 2008, Colin Barnett has built a reputation as a strong advocate for Western Australia, for decisive leadership and promoting the economic and social development of the State.

As State Development Minister, Mr Barnett is committed to attracting investment and assisting the development of major projects based around Western Australia's natural advantages in mining, petroleum and agriculture. Large-scale infrastructure projects in the city of Perth have also been progressed under his leadership, including sinking the railway line that divides the CBD, a city waterfront development on the banks of the Swan River (Elizabeth Quay), and a new world-class sports stadium at Burswood.

Since 2013, he has also been Minister for Science, in recognition of the central role that scientific innovation will take in the future of the State's development, particularly in mining, agriculture, astronomy and the environment.

Reflecting Western Australia's growing importance as a leading regional economy in the Asia Pacific region and Indian Ocean Rim, Mr Barnett has been invited to speak at significant global forums including the James A. Baker lll Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas, the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King's College, London and Mining Indaba, the world's largest mining investment conference, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Mr Barnett is also determined to ensure that economic growth supports all West Australians, including the most vulnerable, through an innovative social agenda. The Liberal National Government leads Australia in the delivery of social services. In 2011, a $1billion social services package included $604million for the not-for-profit sector.

The Liberal National Government has also implemented genuine reform of public schools and allocated $7billion to rebuild the State's public hospitals, including the 783-bed Fiona Stanley Hospital and a new world-class children's hospital.

In 2013, Mr Barnett led the Liberal Party to a second term in government with an historic increase in seats. The Liberals govern in an alliance with the National Party.

Mr Barnett has been the Liberal Member for Cottesloe since 1990 and was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and a senior minister in the Court Government (1993-2001) holding the portfolios of Resources Development, Energy, Education and Tourism. From 2001 to 2005, he was Leader of the State Opposition. Mr Barnett has been Deputy Leader or Leader of the Liberal Party in every State election since 1993.

He holds an Honours and Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia.

The Right Hon. The Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi Image
The Right Hon. The Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi

The Lord Mayor, City of Perth

Lisa proudly calls Perth home and as a West Australian born Lord Mayor of Perth speaks strongly for her city locally, nationally and internationally.

Lord Mayor since 2007, Lisa is also a serving Board Member on many local NFP Boards and Committees in areas from community building / infrastructure through to public art, annual events and festivals and Chair of the Lord Mayors Distress Relief Fund - the State’s official fund for locals impacted by natural disaster (most commonly summer bushfires).

Lisa is passionate about city economic development and branding, smart, sustainable city growth and ensuring we also focus on the attitude and people skills of all key city stakeholders to raise standards of service and heighten the appeal of our capital city and ensure its relevance and resonance with all demographics. Recent City additions such as the water labyrinth in Forrest Place, improved City lighting and the City's greater focus on communication with people via social media has been part of her mission to 'Get Perth Moving'. Lisa is a change agent but keen to ensure those not able embrace the changes through strong and clear communications.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.