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Sydney's $1.8 billion desalination plant
was commissioned in January, representing
the culmination of more than three years'
design and construction. It is capable of
supplying up to 15 per cent of the city's
water needs, independent of rainfall, and
can be easily doubled in size if demand for
water rises as a result of population growth
or climate change.
Built in partnership with the Blue
Water Joint Venture and the Water Delivery
Alliance and transferred to Sydney Water
on commissioning, the plant runs on fully
Perched on the south bank of the Yarra
River, the Melbourne Convention and
Exhibition Centre was opened by Premier
John Brumby in June 2009.
The centre incorporates world-class
design, allowing the feature 5,500-seat
plenary hall to transform into three separate
theatre spaces. The venue was awarded a
kind for a convention centre.
A major economic asset for the city,
the MCEC -- Australia's largest convention
and exhibition facility -- will ensure that
Melbourne continues to attract investment
and high-value tourism compared to other
Australian and regional cities.
IPA National Infrastructure Awards
road tunnel and will provide a valuable north-south crossing of the river.
The 6.8km tunnel will carry up to 100,000 vehicles a day, bypassing the CBD and
roads by up to 30 per cent. CLEM7 will eventually link to the inner city bypass and
the Airport Link road when they are complete in 2012.
The project -- one of the most complex and challenging of its kind in Australia --
was completed on time and under budget.
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