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Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Craig Murrell


Wave International

Principal Civil Engineer (RPEQ)

March 2018 – Present

M1 Consulting

Director and Senior Civil Engineer (RPEQ) November 2013 – February 2018

Gladstone Regional Council

  • Manager, Technical Services, September 2011 – October 2013
  • Manager, Infrastructure Planning, October 2008 – September 2011
  • Special Projects Manager – Infrastructure Planning, May 2008 – October 2008 

Calliope Shire Council

Manager, Water Services

November 2002 – May 2008

Wagga Wagga City Council

  • Engineering Assets, Senior Engineer, January 2002 – November 2002
  • Waste Management, Asset and Services Engineer, May 1998 – January 2002

Forbes Shire Council

  • Asset and Urban Engineer, August 1996 – April 1998
  • Roads and Rural Engineer, June 1994 – August 1996

President's Report
September 2020

I am delighted to be able to announce the launch of the Street Design Manual: Walkable Neighbourhoods, the seminal publication for the design of our residential neighbourhoods.

In 2017, we conducted a survey of members regarding Complete Streets and Queensland Streets which resulted in an almost 50/50 divide of opinion regarding each publication’s strengths and weaknesses.

John Derbyshire, a member of the Steering Committee, conducted a comprehensive review of both publications together with feedback from users and an analysis of other street design and planning guides across Australia and internationally. John’s report was adopted by the Steering Committee and John was later awarded the President’s award in 2018 by Seren McKenzie for his many contributions to the development of what is now the Street Design Manual.

John had also been involved on the Steering Committee for Queensland Streets in the early 1990s together with Steve Conner (Executive Director at Queensland Treasury’s Cities Transformation Taskforce Planning Group) – it was certainly worthwhile having two members on the Committee with an historic connection to our street planning and design suite.

A key element of the development of the Manual was the collaboration with the State Government which contributed to the focus on delivering ‘walkable’ neighbourhoods which would connect residents with each other and the network of facilities essential for good living.

The Manual complements the Queensland Government’s Model Code for Neighbourhood Design, the Planning Regulation 2017, Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) guides and codes, and other policy initiatives which deliver best practice guidelines and technical design criteria for walkable residential streets. It is a multi-faceted coordinated approach and a valuable resource for everyone involved in the planning and design of our neighbourhoods.

We were also keen to engage with other peak bodies which were represented on the Steering Committee including UDIAQ, the Planning Institute of Australia and the Property Council plus state and local government representatives. Brad Carey led the Working Group for Detailed Design & Standards while Paul Eagles led the Street Planning Working Group and three project managers oversaw the publication including Ross Guppy, Trevor Parminter and Craig Moss. The Committee was chaired by Ged Brennan, Seren McKenzie and in recent times, by me as your President.

I invite you to download IPWEAQ’s Street Design Manual: Walkable Neighbourhoods. 

The Manual however is just part I in a series of design manuals. If you would like to contribute to developing contemporary best practice guidelines and codes of practices for any of the other nine precincts, please do not hesitate to contact Craig Moss, Director Professional Services on 07 3632 6805.

Finally, and importantly, we are delighted to offer workshops on the implementation of the new Manual. Again, please contact Craig Moss for details to be sure you are able to maximise the benefits of industry expertise documented in the Manual.

  1. Transit-oriented Activity Centres
  2. Non-transit-oriented Commercial Centres (such as District Centres)
  3. Main Streets
  4. Multi-use Precincts
  5. Business Parks
  6. Industrial Precincts
  7. Rural Villages
  8. Rural Residential Neighbourhoods
  9. Lower-density Private Residential (where the internal roads are common property)

I look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in November for the 2020 Annual Conference!

Craig Murrell