Kiama Council Mayor, Neil Reilly, has welcomed the news that the NSW south coast town has topped the list of best small towns in NSW according to a study conducted by The Australian newspaper.
The Australian study considered 752 small towns across Australia and ranked the best ones in each state, with Kiama ranked number one in NSW.
“I’d say this is exciting, and no surprise to anyone who has spent any time here, it’s just further confirmation of what our residents and regular visitors have known for a long time,” Mayor Reilly said.
“I’ve said before: I have the privilege to be the Mayor of the best bit of the best nation, the municipality of Kiama.
“I’m just surprised it’s taken this long for others to find this out.”
The study examined criteria such as prosperity, skills, diversity and wellness in the 752 towns.
The top towns were:
- Kiama, NSW;
- Tamborine Mountain, Queensland;
- Mount Barker, South Australia;
- Dunsborough, Western Australia;
- Bright, Victoria;
- Legana, Tasmania.
The results were based on data from the 2012 Census of towns people living in urban centres ranging between 1,000 and 50,000 residents.