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Launceston the most family friendly city in Australia


Launceston's reputation as a fantastic place to live, work and play has been recognised in the inaugural Suncorp Bank Family Friendly City report, with Launceston being named the most family friendly city in Australia.

The study, which examined the family friendliness of Australia's 30 largest cities across 10 key indicators, ranked Launceston ahead of cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Townsville, Bendigo and Adelaide.

The key indicators used to obtain the ranking included crime levels, health care, education, housing, unemployment, income, child care services, connectivity and community.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the survey results came as no surprise.

"I think the rest of Australia is waking up to something we have known for quite a long time," Mayor van Zetten said.

"The lifestyle we enjoy in Launceston is unsurpassed.

"Launceston is a family friendly city and a friendly city full stop.

"One of the consistent compliments I get from tourists is that they have stopped someone in the street to ask for directions and have been overwhelmed by the kindness and help they've received from strangers.

"Launceston is unique because we have a perfect mix of residential, business and leisure spots around the city, along with excellent health and education services.

"There are not many cities in Australia where you head five minutes out of the CBD to relax in a place like the Cataract Gorge.

"Our city is simply a great blend, and we have lots of exciting projects on the horizon to make it an even better place to live, work and play."

Launceston City Council General Manager Robert Dobrzynski said the Council was working hard to ensure Launceston continued to offer a great work-life balance to its residents.

"The $30m redevelopment of the C.H. Smith site, a new $45m Bunnings store at Invermay, a new $25m Target store at Mowbray, the completion of the flood levee project, the silt raking trial in the Tamar River and the development of the Greater Launceston Plan are just some of the projects the Council currently has on its books as we head into 2013," Mr Dobrzynski said.

"With these projects and many others we are focused on Launceston's future as a regional hub and the ways we can make this city even better.

"This survey highlights some of the excellent work Launceston has already undertaken and now it's time to see how we can improve even further."