Melville beats Rocky's liveability

ROCKHAMPTON'S bid to be named the most liveable community in the world has failed - but the region picked-up a bronze medal at the LivCom Awards in Pilsen.

Rocky lost out in the category for cities of up to 200,000 population to Melville in Western Australia.

Mayor Brad Carter said: “Winning the bronze award is a testimony to the great attributes of this community, the four previous councils' administrations and the tremendous work that everybody put in to finalise our presentation.”

He flew to the medieval city to present Rockhampton's case with Rockhampton Regional Development chairman Mick Cranny and CQUniversity pro vice-chancellor Janelle Kid.

And he says he's keen for the city to try again now they understand better what the judges are looking for.

“The judging is very technical and focused on the contributions councils make to improve communities. In future we will take a different approach and make sure the presentation includes more of the boring, technical content the judges seemed to want.”

LivCom judges in the Czech Republic placed Broadland in England second and Kakamigahara in Japan third, but deemed Rockhampton worthy of a bronze medal along with Cergy-Pontoise (France), Mikolow (Poland) and Norwich (England).

The international competition, which is supported by the United Nations, seeks to recognise communities that are doing most to tackle the world's most pressing challenges.

Mayor Carter said he was immensely proud of the Rockhampton region. “It was a great validation of our vision for the region to be awarded bronze in the company of some really wonderful cities. We know we are firmly on track towards becoming more liveable, more sustainable and just a fantastic place to live, work and play.”

It was also the first time Melville had entered the contest.

The city, where the average annual rates bill is $1244, lies just eight kilometres from the centre of Perth.

In another acclamation for Rockhampton, the Queensland Public Libraries Association yesterday named Rockhampton Regional Council its Local Authority of the Year.

It said the council had demonstrated outstanding support for public libraries.

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