Australia’s top-performing local government areas or “smart cities” are overwhelmingly in affluent and highly populated urban neighbourhoods, with Sydney leading the way, a new report has found.
More than a quarter of Australians are living in these areas, according to the Smart Cities Down Under report, which assessed 180 local government areas out of 563 and found a clear regional disparity between city and country.
NSW led the way, taking out a third of the places in the top 60 council areas ranked by the new Queensland University of Technology report.
Five of the top six spots were all in Sydney’s north shore. North Sydney was named the winner, followed by Willoughby, Mosman, Waverley in the city’s east, Lane Cove and Ku-ring-gai.
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