• 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.

WSUD Plant Database
Davidson St Restoration Project
video , Living Waterways , Davidson St
MUSIC Guideline
music , guideline
Water Wise Street Tree Planting
water wise , Street Tree , passive irrigation

Water by Design has launched an initiative encouraging organisations to install water wise street trees using passive irrigation technology. This technology utilises readily available stormwater, rather than potable water to irrigate street trees, reducing costs and the impacts of stormwater. So far we have 6 Councils participating in this event including Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Ipswich, Brisbane and Gold Coast Townsville City Council A recent addition to the Townsville streetscape (photo Jared Johnstone TCC) Mackay Regional Council On 4th April, Mackay Regional Council planted four new street trees. Two were water wise and two were standard trees. To take a look visit...

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