With a population predicted to rise 18 per cent by 2036, the Hunter Region in New South Wales is one of the fastest growing corridors in the country with proximity to Newcastle and Sydney.

WSP is waterproofing the rapidly growing Hunter region

Image (left to right): Glenn Thornton, Ian Chase, Jim Bentley, Dean Toomey, and Darren Cleary 


To support the sustainable expansion of this major economic hub, providing safe drinking water and wastewater collection and treatment is becoming increasingly critical.


WSP is partnering with Hunter Water as Project Program Manager to drive efficiency, improvements and engagement in the delivery of its large, complex capital works program for essential water and wastewater services and networks over the next six years.


Darren Cleary, Chief Investment Officer, Hunter Water says, “We are focused on enabling our thriving communities and committed to delivering safe, affordable and reliable services. We manage an asset base of more than $2.5 billion worth of water, wastewater and recycled water infrastructure, ensuring a sustainable water future for the Lower Hunter.”


The strength of WSP’s multidisciplinary delivery of programs and projects in the water, resources and transport sectors will hold the firm in good stead in the Hunter. This is demonstrated by our work on two of the largest wastewater treatment programs currently in Australia – Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance in Queensland and Lower South Creek Treatment Program in Sydney. Similarly, we are helping NSW Roads and Maritime Services deliver the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade and a major infrastructure program for the Roy Hill Iron Ore project. We will be providing efficient and effective program management services including project management, contract management, tendering, project controls, site surveillance and specialist technical services.


Ian Chase, WSP’s NSW Section Executive for Water says, “Hunter Water’s capital investments in the region will provide sustainable services for population growth.  Our Newcastle team, which is locally dedicated, will leverage support from our wider water and major projects experts across our global business to optimise the delivery of this program.”


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