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1 Regional Tourism Infrastructure 2014-15: Airports Briefing for Applicants 2 February 2015

2 Page 2 Introduction  Jenny Davis, Executive Director Infrastructure NSW Program Director for Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund  Chris Hanger, Director, Office of Regional Development, NSW Trade & Investment  Julie Bishop, Director, Destination Development / Andrew Sargant, Director, Destination Partnerships / Peter Doran, Director, Program Performance and Assessment, Destination NSW  Barbara Wise, Principal Manager, Transport Service Procurement and Performance, Transport for NSW

3 Probity Adviser Page 3  Integrity and fairness in the process – the assessment is conducted with the assistance of a Probity Advisor.  Any issues of a probity nature arising may be raised directly with the Probity Advisor.  Sarah Mullins Mobile: 0413 443 374

4 Today’s Meeting  The purpose of today’s meeting is to better inform you of the EOI and Detailed Assessment process  To better describe the material required  The objective is to contribute to the quality of detailed submissions  Today is not part of the assessment process  We ask everyone to keep discussions at todays meeting confidential Page 4

5 Background  32 airports are known to be eligible  An airport is eligible if it has regular passenger services or had regular passenger services in recent years – until 2008  Up to $50 million available  … only if the applications meet assessment criteria  Organisations that may apply: local councils, other airport owners with eligible regional airports. Councils may involve other parties in the submission. Page 5

6 Principles – What is important  Thorough application that demonstrates good use of Restart funding and value for money  Benefits to regional tourism destinations  Positive economic benefit for region and for NSW  Region-wide impact is important - beyond town or local government area.  Project plan is sound, strong vision for the airport and regional destinations. Page 6

7 Principles – What is important  Restart contribution to tourism goals and increasing the economic competitiveness of the State  e.g. access to growing tourism attractions or new experience?  Proponents and projects should investigate ways to leverage Restart funds  Potential for funding from users, contributions, business and community groups as well as governments Page 7

8 The EOIs- Project Criteria  Projects will be assessed against criteria set out in the Restart NSW Regional Airports Program: Expression of Interest Guidelines 2014-2015: o Strategic Assessment– NSW 2021 Plan, Council’s Community Strategic Plans and NSW Government Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan o Economic Assessment – capacity to improve economic growth and productivity o Affordability - life-cycle costs, ongoing operation and maintenance o Deliverability – strategies for procurement, project management and risk management  The focus is on the strategic tourism assessment and the economic assessment and in the EOI stage.

9 Strategic Assessment  Choosing the best project  NSW 2021 Plan and NSW Government Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan  Council’s Community Strategic Plans and Airport’s plans  Strategic demonstration of tourism impact on this infrastructure  For example impact on overnight visitation, expenditure, business opportunities (aboriginal employment opportunities) and jobs

10 Destination Management Plans (DMPs) Destination NSW offers information on Destination Management Planning including:  A guide to best practice destination management  A destination management planning fact sheet  A destination management plan template  A list of current regional destination management plans in each tourism region.

11 Current DMPs All tourism regions in NSW have a DMP that encompasses the entire region. These include: North Coast, South Coast, Central Coast, Hunter, Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains, Southern Inland, Country NSW, Central Inland, Central NSW, Murray, Riverina and Outback NSW. In addition to these, some other local destinations have developed their own plans. These include: North Coast: Manning Valley, Port Macquarie, Macleay Valley Coast, Coffs Coast, Ballina, Byron Bay South Coast: Sapphire Coast, Wollongong, Kangaroo Valley, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Kiama, Shell Harbour Hunter: Port Stephens, Newcastle, Upper Hunter

12 Resources and Information Destination  Visitation statistics for each tourism region and LGA* in NSW  Accommodation statistics for each LGA* in NSW  Report on domestic aviation performance in NSW  Tourism Forecasts  Source Market and Segment Profiles Bureau of Transport  Intrastate aviation statistics  General aviation statistics (Australia wide) Page 12 * Some LGAs excluded due to insufficient data

13 Economic Assessment  Include and clearly articulate all the reasons you expect this project to have a positive impact on economic growth and productivity  A well developed description of project outcomes with the assumptions clearly stated is essential  Provide, if available:  A Business Case with financial forecasts – avoided costs, savings, new revenues  Assumptions, data sources are important. Please source the data for assumptions eg Council’s Community Strategic Plans, NSW Government population forecasts, ABS data.  Economic Appraisal in accordance with NSW Government Guidelines will be required at the detailed assessment stage, for the Cost Benefits Ratio calculation

14 Economic Assessment  Economic benefits will include both quantitative and qualitative - some measured eg overnight visitors, expenditure; some are not measured eg improved amenity, timetables to attract visitors & residents  Carrier plans must align with airport plans – if the project relies on new RPS, increased services eg larger planes  We encourage applicant to submit evidence of this alignment  Evidence of demand – please provide as many sources, evidence as possible for all assumptions and demand forecasts

15 Affordability  Provide evidence that your organisation has the ability to fund and operate the infrastructure over its life, including renewal  Demonstrated ability to meet ongoing operational and maintenance is essential  Is the airport sustainable and viable in the future – eg sufficient user income, the upgrade is resilient to changes in demand or technology  Is the Restart NSW investment and its proportion of total project cost optimised? Provide evidence that you have fully explored the potential for co-funding, including user pays or private funding/partnerships  Fully describe the project-specific benefits from Restart leverage  Asset management and operations plans required in the second stage

16 Deliverability  Ready to proceed will be taken into account.  Is the project “investment ready” or “construction ready”?  Delivery approach – innovative, efficient  Do you have all the agreements, land, approvals etc in place?  Detailed Project Delivery Plans will be required in the second stage

17 Questions Page 17 QuestionAnswer What is the required level of detail in the Expression of Interest.The level of detail is expected to be that available – applicants are not required to expend money to create new business case or economic appraisals. However, recall that the project is expected to be highest priority in your Community Strategic Plan. A Business Case is not always available for projects which have no revenue or largely unquantifiable benefits. What information will be required to address this criteria for such projects. The EOI submission must demonstrate that you expect the project to have a positive impact on economic growth and productivity. A well articulated and clear argument, supported by robust assumptions and evidence, is required. Will the evaluation process give priority to projects that demonstrate value for money through co-contribution or in-kind contribution? Leverage of Restart NSW Funds is reflected in “Affordability” and expected economic benefits to the region and therefore is part of the assessment What local demographic economic data needs to be included in the EOI? How much other economic data or demographic information from other Government departments eg Commonwealth, should be provided to support detailed applications? Provide sources and detailed economic data used in your models, in line with the requirements. Demographic assumptions should be based on credible sources, Council’s strategic plan forecasts. How much involvement should other associated entities have in EOIs e.g. other Government state or federal departments that may be stakeholders in the project? Encourage applicants to involve these parties as much as possible and provide evidence of any necessary commitments eg joint submission. How much direct assistance will be provided to applicants on the Government’s economic assessment modelling process and requirements? Infrastructure NSW is not offering direct assistance. Treasury advice on the Guidelines (not on specific projects) is available if required.

18 More Questions?  Infrastructure NSW will accept questions which must be raised in writing to  Please identify questions that you consider unique to your proposal and should remain confidential  Answers to questions will be in writing  Answers (other than confidential project information) will be shared with all applications  If INSW considers that it is not unique and confidential, you may withdraw the question  Please check that we are using YOUR correct email address Page 18

19 Confidential Information  All information provided in the application may be distributed to other parties to assist Infrastructure NSW  Identify any information contained in the application which you consider confidential and provide reasons  Any request made under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 for access to an application, including information marked ‘confidential’, will be determined in accordance with the Act Page 19

20 Process Next steps  Expressions of Interest close 31 March 2015  Regional Independent Assessment Panel undertakes a review of EOI material and makes recommendations to Infrastructure NSW  Infrastructure NSW submits its recommended shortlist to the Government  Shortlisting and funding decisions are made by the Government Page 20

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