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Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

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Streets and pathways are the building blocks of every residential neighbourhood. Along with our built environment, well-planned streets and neighbourhoods influence how people move and interact, access parks and open space, walk and cycle for leisure, recreation, exercise and transport.

The Street Design Manual recognises streets as an important connector to multi-purpose social spaces in our neighbourhoods. It offers access options for active transport delivering safer neighbourhoods and a sense of community.

The detailed practical guidance provided within the Manual has been developed with input from highly experienced representatives from across the sector. The feedback received during the consultation period, coupled with many robust debates from the working parties has resulted in a Manual that will be a valuable resource for local authorities, engineers, planners, designers, practitioners and decision makers involved with the planning and design of walkable neighbourhoods.

Download the Manual and Practice Notes below.

Upcoming Workshops

To support the release of this formative publication, IPWEAQ is offering professional development opportunities that will assist practitioners read, interpret, and apply the content in a consistent and effective way. Upcoming dates are listed below.

SDM for Practitioners                                          TIME: 8.30am - 5.00pm

Brisbane: 22 April 2021                                       COST: Member: $650 + GST

Gold Coast: 3 June 2021                                      Non-Member: $950 + GST

                                                                            CPD: Up to 8 Hours

Ongoing Review

To ensure leading practice is being achieved, IPWEAQ will seek input from users of the Manual, with a review of feedback in early 2022.

To provide feedback, please download the SDM feedback document, complete the fields, and forward to Craig Moss.

Craig Moss

Director, Professional Services


07 3632 6805

Further work

IPWEAQ is planning to provide contemporary good practice guidelines and codes of practice for the planning and design of streets and street networks for the following additional precinct types:

  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)

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