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Ipswich City Council brought you Building Better Blocks and Neighbourhoods, a placemaking and city shaping thought leadership event with some practical hands-on experience in August 2022.

As part of their Australian tour Better Block showcased their innovative process to activate public spaces and bring people together. Supported by a strong line up of placemaking experts the event inspired and energised people to think outside the box.


  • Krista Nightengale

    Chief Executive of Better Block from Dallas, Texas will discuss how to employ a hands-on approach that sidesteps the lengthy process of city planning and implementation by putting the power back into the communities' hands.

  • Dean Cracknell

    Co-Founder and Executive Director of Town Team Movement, a Placemaking Enabler, Urbanist and Curator of the Placemaking.Education platform.

  • Brooke Williams

    Brooke is a is a highly experienced urban designer and placemaking advisor, having worked on urban renewal and place-based economic regeneration strategies throughout Queensland. Passionate about creating vibrant cities with proud and connected communities, Brooke also has the knowledge, experience and business know-how to make it happen.

  • Steven Burgess

    Steven is a change agent for villages, towns and cities. He brings 30+ years’ experience as a transport engineer and urban strategist to reform the balance between car space and economic space in towns and cities all over the world.


Ipswich City Council respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners as custodians of the land and waters we share. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, as the keepers of the traditions, customs, cultures and stories of proud peoples.

Phone: (07) 3810 6666


Postal: PO Box 191, Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia