Living Waterways

Living Waterways – Version 2.0

Aesthetically pleasing, harmoniously designed spaces not only enhance social and recreational amenity, but offer environmental benefits such as habitat protection. 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. The Living Waterways approach has been developed to support implementation of water sensitive urban design by encouraging and incentivizing design solutions that embody the natural, historical and cultural elements of a site. They promote interaction with water to inspire, promote adventure and discovery, and to educate visitors about the delicacy of our ecosystems. The Living Waterways approach is site-driven and aligns traditional stormwater principles with place-making benefits based around the four key themes:

  • Living Water
  • Living Environment
  • Living Communities
  • Living Local Economies.

A scoring system encourages innovation and improved design outcomes, while being flexible enough to cater for a variety of development types within the community.

Whilst Water by Design is in the process of updating the Living Waterways Framework. We will be retaining the Beta version accessed via the link below.

Living Waterways 2D – Beta

Condition Assessment Module

Catchment Diagnosis Module

Waterway Treatment Plan Module

Resilience Module

Score Summary

Living Waterways was recognised as a finalist for the QORF Outdoor Queensland Awards in the Government Achievement category, watch their finalist video.



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