Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games – information about the city of Melbourne

Getting Down Under Australia

The weather has been traditionally British recently, Lots of snow and very cold (averaging all of 2 – 3 decrees Celsius. However the 2006 Commonwealth games started in Melbourne yesterday and it was great to wake up to some live footage of some of the sports over there.

The weather appears to be pretty pleasant in Melbourne, averaging a very comfortable 75 Degrees Fahrenheit most days. Saying that, back on the other side of the country in Perth its forecast to be in the 90’s everyday for the rest of this week :)

As Melbourne is getting some good exposure at the moment, I thought you folks might be interested in a little more information about the city (clicking the images below to open a bigger version in a new window if your interested).

Melbourne is the state capital and largest city in the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-largest city in Australia (after Sydney), with a population of approximately 3.8 million (2006 estimate) in the Melbourne metropolitan area and 69,670 in the City of Melbourne (which covers only the central city area).

Melbourne is the southernmost city in the world with a population over one million people. Melbourne was the capital city of Australia from 1901 until 1927.

Melbourne is home to Australia’s three largest corporations, Telstra, BHP Billiton and the National Australia Bank. It is also home to the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the majority of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. With this in mind, if you wanting to move to a vibrant city and get a job working within IT, Project Management, Consulting or a more senior management roles. There’s a good chance that you may find something suitable in here.

Melbourne is also home to Australia’s biggest sports events including: the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival (including the ‘race that stops the nation’, the Melbourne Cup), the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, the Australian Open and the AFL Grand Final. Prior to the Commonwealth games this year, the city also hosted the first Olympic games in the southern hemisphere in 1956.

Melbourne has twice shared top position in a survey by The Economist of The World’s Most Livable Cities on the basis of its cultural attributes, climate, cost of living, and social conditions such as crime rates and health care, once in 2002, and again in 2004. The US’s Utne Reader puts it thus: “Add a long tradition of civic pride, communities of new immigrants from around the world, and the best food in Australia, and you have a recipe for what many claim is the hippest city in the Southern Hemisphere”

Melbourne has undergone a major urban ‘revival’, such that it is sometimes classed as being in a second tier of “world cities”; the GaWC study group in the UK ranks Melbourne, on the basis of relative availability of specialised “advanced services,” as a minor (or Gamma) “world city” comparable with cities such as Montreal, Osaka, and Prague. It has one of the highest numbers of international students studying in its universities, after London, New York City, and Paris.

Finally, if you really want to know what a resident of Melbourne is known as, well, its a a Melburnian…Original hey!?



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