Mapping shows the gaps between Melbourne’s haves and have-nots

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A new way of mapping inequality reveals the extent of the divide between the haves and have-nots in Melbourne, with access to jobs, education and services unevenly spread by a factor of 10 in some places.

The new analysis scores suburbs on their “spatial wealth” by comparing education options and jobs within a 30-minute drive, as well as healthcare, social support and shopping access within a 15-minute walk.

The most geographically advantaged neighbourhoods in Melbourne have six times greater access to education, social support is 10 times more available and there are more than triple the number of jobs on average in the best locations compared to the worst.

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