Australia’s largest public sector water infrastructure project


Corrs Chambers Westgarth is playing an important role in the future Australia’s water supply – advising on the largest public sector investment in water infrastructure in our nation’s history, the AU$3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project.

In the lead advisory role, Corrs’ Project team assisted the Victorian Government develop project funding solutions for PPP development of the mammoth seawater desalination plant – fully integrating with the technical, environmental, financial and insurance advisors.

Conducted against the background of the continuing global economic crisis, the team developed real-time solutions as the economy evolved, and still achieved contract close earlier than the announced timetable

Corrs was also involved in developing the project’s commercial structure, key approval public hearings and applications, briefing government decision makers, evaluating and advising on procurement, and negotiating finalised project documentation. Corrs has continued to play a lead role advising the State through the construction delivery phase and the range of complex issues arising from the substantial delays to completion.