A resounding cheer could be heard through the corridors of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s offices this week as the Gold Coast Light Rail (GCLR) commenced operations.
Corrs has advised on the legal aspects of the landmark GCLR project for more than seven years, since its commencement at the business case stage, then has continued its work through the EOI, procurement and D&C phases of the project.
The firm was delighted to see more than 80,000 people attended the opening of, and travel on, the GCLR last Sunday.
Corrs lead partners Peter Schenk and David Warren said the commencement of passenger operations was a key milestone for the project, bringing to an end the three year design and construction phase, and the start of the 15 year operations term.
“Corrs is very proud to have worked shoulder to shoulder to assist the State of Queensland bring the formidable GCLR project to life. We are thrilled to see GCLR up and running.”
Corrs partner and CEO John W.H. Denton said the Corrs team’s drive and commitment to the project was very impressive. “Corrs used its national PPP experience to develop innovative measures to mitigate the project’s impact. We are thrilled for the State and the people of the Gold Coast who now are now mobilised by this world class transport system.”
The Gold Coast Light Rail project was delivered by the State of Queensland in partnership with the Australian Government and Gold Coast City Council.
It operates in a tightly-constrained urban corridor with heavy traffic, resulting in close contact with the local community and businesses.
The team of lawyers from its Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne offices, included partners Peter Schenk, John Walter, David Warren, Joe Barbaro, Daryl Clifford, Henry Prokuda, Reynah Tang, Paul Carrick and Special Counsel Rhys Jewel, were supported by a large team of lawyers including Nerida Haberkern, Elena Waring, Brooke Taylor, Airlie Fox, Kate Robertson and Paul Brickley.
The launch of the GCLR has received positive media coverage throughout the country and locally, including in The Gold Coast Bulletin.
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