Water Futures
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Water Futures

The Water Futures book is the culmination of over 5 years of work by many people – all experts in their own right — from many disciplines, professions and walks of life. Hundreds of hours of collaborative efforts have gone into the making of this book.

01. Climate Adaptation & Flooding

The 2011 floods affected approximately 200,000 people across South East Queensland (SEQ); past flooding data and future climate change predictions suggest these severe weather events will only become more intense and frequent.


02. Charrette

5 days. 3 International Facilitators. 171 professionals. 20 disciplines.

The first of its type in Australia, South-East Queensland Waterfutures brought together 171 professionals over 5 days in August, 2016 using design thinking to collaboratively development a holistic framework to issues around water in the region.

03. The Fluvial Transect

A new approach to planning and integrated water management.


04. Learn. Design. Adapt

In this book, we present a vision for a total catchment based approach to flood, drought and water management grounded in the concept of shared responsibility by all who live in our floodplain.


Through good design we can make our communities more resilient to climate variations and the predicted increases in event frequencies and intensities. There is more than enough depth of knowledge and experience in our region to do this successfully. What we need is a region-specific integrated water blueprint that considers the ambitions and needs of all communities acting on and influencing water management in the greater Brisbane River Catchment.

05. Publication