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Advising on major deals in the technology sector March 21, 2017

The National Broadband Network (nbn) is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Australia. The nbn will connect Australian homes and businesses to a faster broadband landline and internet network by 2020. Maddocks … Continued

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Maddocks advises Swinburne University of Technology on $118 million online education deal March 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 March 2017 Maddocks has advised Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne) on a deal that will see SEEK (ASX:SEK) purchase a greater stake in Online Education Services, a joint venture between the university and … Continued

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For want of a comma, the case was lost…or when style becomes substance March 27, 2017

The United States case of O’Connor v Oakhurst Dairy handed down on 13 March 2017, dubbed the ‘$10 million comma case’, highlights the importance of punctuation and the legal consequences that can flow on from … Continued

Assisting councils on major water projects

The Shoalhaven Reclaimed Water Management Scheme (REMS) is one of the largest and more complex water-recycling schemes to be undertaken by an Australian local government water authority. It is being developed in two stages and will utilise up to 80 percent of the reclaimed water from six northern Shoalhaven wastewater treatment plants to irrigate local dairy farms, golf courses and sporting fields.

Maddocks advised Shoalhaven City Council on all aspects of its procurement process for the REMS – 1B project.

The main issues associated with the project are:

  • multiple items of interfacing infrastructure – some of which are to be procured separately
  • need for staged handover of assets in order to maintain operation of existing assets during construction and handover new assets in an orderly fashion
  • technical and engineering complexity, in particular regarding the river crossing.
  • Co-ordination of a number of different stakeholders, including NSW Office of Water, Department of Health, Office of Environment and Heritage and Environmental Protection Authority, and local land owners.
  • issues regarding use of early tenderer involvement process, particularly complying with the tendering requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW)
  • possible need for multiple approaches to risk allocation for various elements of the project, within a single contractual framework.

Our team prepared protocols for early tender involvement workshops and prepared Response for Tender and contractual documentation for engagement of contract administration consultants. The team also advised Council on arrangements with design consultants and provided ongoing advice on project procurement generally.

The Shoalhaven Reclaimed Water Management Scheme (REMS) is one of the largest and more complex water-recycling schemes to be undertaken by an Australian local government water authority. It is being developed in two stages and will utilise up to 80 percent of the reclaimed water from six northern Shoalhaven wastewater treatment plants to irrigate local dairy farms, golf courses and sporting fields.

Maddocks advised Shoalhaven City Council on all aspects of its procurement process for the REMS – 1B project.

The main issues associated with the project are:

  • multiple items of interfacing infrastructure – some of which are to be procured separately
  • need for staged handover of assets in order to maintain operation of existing assets during construction and handover new assets in an orderly fashion
  • technical and engineering complexity, in particular regarding the river crossing.
  • Co-ordination of a number of different stakeholders, including NSW Office of Water, Department of Health, Office of Environment and Heritage and Environmental Protection Authority, and local land owners.
  • issues regarding use of early tenderer involvement process, particularly complying with the tendering requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW)
  • possible need for multiple approaches to risk allocation for various elements of the project, within a single contractual framework.

Our team prepared protocols for early tender involvement workshops and prepared Response for Tender and contractual documentation for engagement of contract administration consultants. The team also advised Council on arrangements with design consultants and provided ongoing advice on project procurement generally.