• Water by Design

    We must create and maintain urban spaces that both protect environmental values and provide quality recreation and social opportunities.
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Who are Water by Design?

Since 2005, our Water by Design initiative has been working with individuals and organisations to identify and fill knowledge gaps, and facilitate the uptake of improved practice in sustainable water management.

Healthy Land and Water works to encourage innovative practice and build regionally consistent approaches. By facilitating information exchange, networking, and constructive debate, practitioners are motivated to deliver high quality urban environments.




We identify and fill knowledge gaps with evidence-based resources and tools, promoting smarter policy that enables innovation.

We facilitate practice uptake by delivering capacity building services and products including training, guidelines and technical resources for practitioners in industry and local government.

Erosion & Sediment Control

Muddy water flowing off construction sites poses a significant risk to our waterways

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Water Sensitive Urban Design

Polluted runoff from roads and hard surfaces can be treated via vegetated stormwater management systems

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Living Waterways

Sustainable stormwater management systems can provide numerous benefits to local wildlife and the community.

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Water by Design has substantial collection of technical guidelines and factsheets.

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Living Waterways - Case Studies

Living Waterways is a best practice environmental management approach that assists practitioners and government to deliver enduring, and affordable outdoor spaces which engage the surrounding communities. WbD has just released and updated version of the framework. We are showcasing projects that incorporate elements of the spirit of living waterways - innovative, inclusive, holistic, multi-benefit projects

Case Studies

News & Events

Follow links below to find out if there is a training event in your local area.

Davidson St Restoration Project
video , Living Waterways , Davidson St
MUSIC Guideline
music , guideline
Water Wise Street Tree Planting
water wise , Street Tree , passive irrigation
Upcoming Courses and Events
WbD Roadshow , News , Healthy Land & Water

Water by Design Roadshow Water by Design are traveling along the QLD coast showcasing the latest advances in ESC technology. Please see below for tentative locations and dates: 29/4 Cassowary Coast 8/5 Redlands 14/5 Ipswich 15/5 Noosa 22/5 Gold Coast 28/5 Mareeba 3/6 Gympie Many thanks to participating councils for their assistance and for DES and RUSMG for their generous support of this program. Check out the full list of Water by Design Events

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