Report Ranks Best Sydney Suburbs to ‘Live, Work and Play’

Prioritising investment in rail and public transport infrastructure will transform the liveability of Sydney's western suburbs, according to a new report.

PriceWaterhouse Cooper's CityPulse report has shed light on how Sydneysiders live their lives using a metric system that analyses “live”, “work” and “play” opportunities across 267 areas.

"Live" measures the overall amenity of a locality such as housing affordability, crime rates and access to services such as healthcare and schools.

"Work" assesses a range of economic factors such as business activity, employment rates, access to jobs and economic performance.

"Play" measures aspects of the locality that make it an appealing place for leisure activities, such as entertainment, dining and cultural or sporting activities.

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Standout suburb, The Rocks takes top spot in both Work and Play.
Sydney The Rocks

For each of the three sectors, areas are given a score out of 10 depending on their performance on key issues. The average results were 5.1 for “live” and 4.8 for “work” and “play”.

The report has helped identify opportunities for new investment and where upgraded infrastructure could improve residents’ day to day lives.

1. Epping - North Epping=1. Sydney - Hayment - The Rocks1. Sydney - Hayment - The Rocks
=2. Erskineville - Alexandria =1. Concord West - North Strathfield2. Lilyfield - Rozelle
=2. Strathfield3. Homebush Bay - Silverwater3. Lindfield - Roseville
=4. Waterloo - Beaconsfield4. Pyrmont - Ultimo4. Mosman
=4. Haberfield - Summer Hill5. Parklea - Kellyville Ridge 5. Sydenham - Tempe - St Peters
6. Lidcombe6. North Sydney - Lavender Bay=6. Lane Cove - Greenwich
7. Dulwich Hill - Lewisham7. Macquarie Park - Marsfield=6. Crows Nest - Waverton
=8. Pennant Hills - Cheltenham8. Baulkham Hills (West) - Bella Vista8. Erskineville - Alexandria
=8. North Ryde - East Ryde 9. Erskineville - Alexandria=9. Redfern - Chippendale
10. =North Sydney - Lavender Bay=10. St Leonards - Naremburn=9. Pennant Hills - Cheltenham
=10. Toongabbie - Constitution Hill =10. Parramatta - Rosehill=11. North Sydney - Lavender Bay

Upmarket suburbs such as Erskineville, Alexandria and Mascot were among the top performers with Baulkham Hills fast becoming one of the most desirable places to live because of the North West Metro at Bella Vista.

Greater Western Sydney has been highlighted as an area of focus, with rapidly growing suburbs in need of investment and transport infrastructure.

“In particular, we need to create rapid-transport links between the new airport in Western Sydney and both the Central River and Eastern Harbour cities,” PwC partner Kylee Anastasi said.

“This radial connection between the airport and the three cities will help make the new airport a hub for the entire Sydney region.”

A distinct lack of public access and jobs have reinforced the case for the hotly debated Sydney Metro West and to extend the rail line to Blacktown, Liverpool and Fairfield.

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Sydney Metro West will service the key precincts of Greater Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, The Bays Precinct and the Sydney CBD.
Sydney Metro West

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With the growth of Greater Western Sydney, developing and keeping a talented workforce could be critical for the region to thrive in the long-term, said PwC Sydney managing partner Joseph Carrozzi.

“That demands a commitment to developing the skills of its citizens, attracting global talent, and retaining that talent in the community. Access to quality education can act as the glue to keep the community connected. ”

“We need to build a strong university presence, developing new universities and expanding existing ones, including satellite campuses for well-established universities in the Central and Western cities,” Carrozzi said.

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