Major Projects and Development

MinterEllison has one of Australia's leading major projects and property development practices, having played a role in the delivery of many of Australia's most iconic projects. Our substantial experience and industry participation places us at the forefront of the issues affecting the development industry.

Our team advises on the full spectrum of large development projects, including urban renewal projects, transit oriented development, master planned residential communities, mixed use developments, retirement villages and aged care developments, strata development, tourism and leisure developments, university and student accommodation and major infrastructure projects.

Our work includes site acquisition, due diligence, land resumption, project structuring, development applications and approvals, project financing, PPPs, infrastructure agreements, joint ventures, environmental compliance, titling and land tenures, land use integration and strata schemes.

Government clients include the Queensland Government, Places Victoria, East Perth Redevelopment Authority, Port of Melbourne Authority, Railcorp, QRN, North Queensland Bulk Ports and Sydney Ports Corporation. Private sector clients include Mirvac, Australand, DEXUS, Westfield, Brookfield Multiplex, Springfield Land Corporation, Coles and IKEA.

Port Capacity Project

Advised the Port of Melbourne Corporation on the procurement and transactional aspects of Melbourne's Port Capacity Project. The Port Capacity project will enable the port to meet increasing trade demand and protect the economic future of one of Australia's leading freight gateways.

Port Botany and Port Kembla Transaction

Advising the New South Wales Government (NSW Treasury) on the refinancing of Port Botany and Port Kembla in NSW. The project is unique, involving the contemporaneous refinancing and long term lease of two major Australian ports. Our role includes extensive legal analysis of the existing assets and businesses and the regulatory landscape; recommending a transaction structure; drafting special transaction legislation; asset restructuring; preparing extensive interrelated transaction documents; tender process and negotiations; and implementation under legal project management. The project is complex and very significant for NSW.

Parliament Square redevelopment, Tasmania

Advised Tasmania's Department of Treasury and Finance on a 3-stage divestment process to sell and redevelop Parliament Square, located adjacent to Parliament House and comprising a number of abandoned buildings. Our team prepared the RFT documentation, negotiated the development arrangements and advised on complicated interface issues with the adjoining Parliament House.

Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening Project

Advised Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening, one of the largest infrastructure projects conducted by the Victorian Government in recent times, seen as critical to the Port and Australia's position in global shipping. As key advisers to the Port of Melbourne Corporation, we advised on many aspects of the project, including the Supplementary Environmental Effects Statement and managed the public hearing process Federal Court litigation over the Federal Government's environmental approval for the dredging, cultural and Aboriginal heritage issues, relocation of essential infrastructure under the Yarra River, the resolution of the alliance dredging contract, and land tenure issues relating to land assets affected by the project.

Westfield Group planning and development approvals

Advised Westfield Group on a wide range of planning matters in New South Wales (purchase and development of three major CBD retail sites in Sydney, including Centrepoint) and Queensland (development approvals for a new regional centre at Coomera and major expansion at North Lakes Centre, Chermside and Garden City regional shopping centres).