Dr Anthony Lynham


Have your say to make Queensland communities more walkable

model code for new residential developments

23 July, 2019 –

Our built environment can have a huge impact on how active and healthy people are.

The Palaszczuk Government has released a model code for new residential developments to make our communities more walkable and encourage healthy and active lifestyles.

This means better street layouts and connectivity, footpaths with trees for shading, and greater access to parks and public spaces.

We want to ensure people can move easily around their community from the moment they leave their front door, with easy access to footpaths and green open spaces.

Neighbourhood design elements which could become mandatory include:

  • Grid-like street networks rather than cul-de-sacs
  • Footpaths with street trees for shading and better access to open spaces
  • Street blocks no longer than 130m with longer blocks having mid-block pedestrian breaks
  • Parks and open spaces within comfortable walking distance of every dwelling.

Now we want to hear from you. Take a survey, respond to a quick poll, or upload your ideas before 1 September 2019 to help us plan healthier communities.

Visit qld.gov.au/healthycommunities to find out more.