20 August, 2008

Nillumbik Number One in Victoria!

Entrance to Eltham library

Nillumbik has just been announced as Victoria's number one local government area for livability and number three in Australia.

From The Age this morning:

The recipe for happy little Elthamites
WITH its tree-lined streets, rolling hills and water views, Eltham is known for offering the best of country living a short distance from the city. Now the suburb and its local government area (LGA), Nillumbik, have been declared Melbourne's most liveable area in a report by BankWest.
BankWest's Quality of Life Index ranked 590 LGAs across Australia for employment levels, crime, internet access, health, education, earnings, home ownership and community involvement. Nillumbik is one of 21 Victorian LGAs in the top 60. Tristin Dawes of Eltham North values the suburb's welcoming nature. "I moved here because of all the trees and the real community feel," she said. The shire features 22 primary schools, five secondary schools and one TAFE. "We're close to the city but far enough to have some privacy," Ms Dawes said.

The article doesn't mention the two wonderful libraries we have in Nillumbik - the award winning Eltham library and Diamond Valley library. Both libraries are full of great collections, have a wide program of events and activities and terrific staff. They are a real asset to the community, and a couple of years ago Elthamites voted their library as the heart of the community. We are looking forward to taking the library into the future with its planned expansion next year.

Well done Nillumbik!


Todd said...

How long is the commute from Eltham to more central areas of Melbourne? Are there public transit possibilities?

Christine Mackenzie said...

Hi Todd,
Eltham is on the Hurstbridge line and it takes 30 - 40 minutes into the CBD(depending on whether the train is express or not)