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Hello, everyone.

Welcome to our webinaron the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fundand the 2018 program guidelines.

My name is Celia Murphy.

I’m from the Departmentof Premier & Cabinet.

I’m here with mycolleagues, Karen Jones, Executive Director, andJohn Egan, Director, from the Office of Sport.

>>Ms Jones: Hi, everybodyand welcome to today’s webinar.

I’m here today to giveyou an overview of the Regional SportsInfrastructure Fund, to outline the recentchanges to the fund and to also answer any questionsthat you might have.

The Regional SportsInfrastructure Fund is a significant fundingopportunity to support sport infrastructureand, ultimately, participation inregional New South Wales.

The aim of today’s webinaris to give everybody the opportunity to understandwhat we are looking for from the projectssubmitted for the Regional SportsInfrastructure Fund.

We hope that today’ssession will assist organisations in preparingtheir applications for the fund, including the typeof material required to be submitted with yourExpression of Interest.

We’re also going tooutline the assessment criteria used to determinesuccessful applications and understand the broaderprocess of the fund.

It’s a relatively shortExpression of Interest process, approximatelysix weeks, so with this in mind weunderstand that pulling together detailedresources can be challenging andthat, as a result, some of the Expressionsof Interest might be a bit light on, however, wedon’t want to discourage anyone from applying withan Expression of Interest in the timeframe, and having a detailed application doesn’tnecessarily mean that you will be successful.

But what we are interestedin is quality projects that support and encouragesport in regional areas.

So at this stage, we askthat you put your best foot forward and submitan Expression of Interest that clearly outlinesyour project, addresses the assessmentcriteria and outlines the key benefits back tothe sport and regional community.

So today, what we’d liketo talk to you about is the 28 guidelinesand what’s changed.

So for those of youthat might know, there was a 2017version of this fund, but now it has changed, and we’ll walk you through those changes today.

We’ll also outline theeligible applicants, our focus on hubs andregionally significant sport facilities.

We’ll go through theassessment criteria, how you can apply and whatcan actually happen if you’ve previouslysubmitted an application under the 2017 fund.

We’ll also go throughthe key dates, what funds are actuallyavailable and the total amount of funds andwhat other funding opportunities mightactually exist for some projects.

We’ll also go through ourlist of resources that we will make available on ourwebsite to assist you in your process.

And, of course, there’llbe an opportunity for you to ask us anyquestions at the end.

So what is the RegionalSports Infrastructure Fund? So the Regional SportsInfrastructure Fund is a fund of up to$100 million, and it’s available tosupport regional sport hubs and regionallysignificant sport facilities, and we’llactually go through and define those terms for youlater in the presentation.

Basically, the objectivesof the fund are to increase the number andtype of regional sporting facilities and also toimprove the standard of any existing facilitiesthat are around.

Ultimately, what we reallywant to do is increase participation in sport inregional New South Wales.

So, as I said earlier, there was a 2017 version of this fund, and Iunderstand that many of you would have applied.

However, we have nowreleased the 2018 version and it’s now my role toexplain to you what has actually changed.

So, first and foremost, the economic assessment criteria is nolonger required.

So previously there werefour assessment criteria that you needed to gothrough and address in your Expressionsof Interest, and the economicassessment criteria is no longer there, and that isbecause we actually found that going through theprevious applications that a lot of the projects, and really good projects, actually struggled to geta benefit cost ratio – or BCR, as it’s also known- greater than one.

And why is this? Well, it’s because toachieve a BCR greater than one for social projectsis always challenging, and sport is nodifferent to that.

So to make the assessmentprocess easier, we’ve decided todelete that criteria.

As a result, there’s nowa greater focus on the projects’ strategicalignment, affordability anddeliverability, which are the remainingassessment criteria, and I’ll go through thoseagain later as well.

We’re also offering aclearer definition of what is a regional sport huband what is a regionally significantsport facility, and they’re really the twokey focus areas that we are promoting as partof the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.

We’ve also now specifieda funding range of $1 million to $10 million, so therefore there is actually a cap onthe maximum that the government will giveyou under this fund.

And we’ve alsospecified the minimum co-contribution, being 25%, and of course we encourageeverybody to talk to us about thatco-contribution.

Now, the due dates for theapplications are also now specified as the programis no longer open all the time.

So you may recallpreviously under the 2017 fund, the program was openfor a number of years.

In this instance, whatwe have found is that we actually do want to makean impact and a difference to regional sport asquickly as we can, so therefore there isnow a time limit on the applications and, again, we appreciate that it is quite a limitedtime frame, being only a six weekExpression of Interest process, however, wedo want to see sporting facilities built quitequickly and we want to have a great impact and agreater benefit as soon as we can.

So who are theeligible applicants? So funding is availablefor all 92 regional councils, includingLord Howe Island and the Unincorporated Far West.

Of those, we also have notonly the local government authorities, but we’realso including the New South Wales statesporting organisations, incorporated communitybased not-for-profit sporting organisations, such as clubs.

We are also includingorganisations that provide sport and recreationprograms that benefit the community, suchas your PCYCs, your YMCA and your YWCA.

There’s also educationalorganisations such as schools, TAFEs anduniversities if they are in conjunction with localcouncil or local or state sporting organisationsand, of course, there’s also privateenterprises are eligible.

Now, to talk about our keyfocus area of the Regional SportsInfrastructure Fund, and that is regionalsport hubs and regionally significantsport facility.

Now, if you actually havea look in the middle of the slide there, you’llsee a great hierarchy diagram where the regionalsport hub is at the centre, and the regionalsport hub is really a multisport facility, sowe encourage multiuse.

We hope that the regionalsport hub will be capable of hosting national, stateand regional championships and, ideally, the mainsite should incorporate a whole range of services, so not just health and fitness facilities, butother things might include sports science facilities, educational and training facilities or, perhaps, administration for all the sports involvedin the hub.

Then you’ll find thatthe next tier down is the regionally significantsport facilities and what we see with these ones isthat they’re typically a single sport facility thatis also capable of holding regional, stateor national level competitions.

We want, really, thesefacilities to drive participation outcomes, including community participation, competitions, events and, perhaps, talentdevelopment.

We want these regionallysignificant sport facilities to cover abroad catchment area, so not just the local areaand we also want them to be flexible in their use, offer high quality amenity and provide differentservice levels.

Then you’ll seethe third tier, being the localfacilities, and whilst this fund isn’tnecessarily targeting those, there are otherfunding opportunities for local facilities whichI’ll touch on later.

Moving on now to theassessment criteria, and as I introducedat the start, the economic criteria isno longer there, however, the three remainingcriteria are strategic alignment, being thealignment with priorities, including the NSWGovernment priorities, state and nationalsporting organisation priorities and also thepriorities of the local council.

Then you move on toaffordability where we want to demonstrate thatthe actual facility itself can be appropriatelyfunded, and not just theinitial build cost, but the lifecyclecosts and the ongoing maintenance requirements.

Again, I touch on thepoint that there is a co-contribution of 25%that is required now as part of the fund.

The third criteriais deliverability.

Again, we want to makesure that these projects can actually be builtand delivered to provide maximum benefit for thecommunity that they serve.

And in this case, wewant to have clearly demonstrated to us thatthe project can actually be delivered throughappropriate project management and riskmanagement strategies, as well as details of anypartnership models that might be involved.

Now, how to apply? Again, similarto the 2017 fund, applicants are encouragedto submit an Expression of Interest.

We expect the Expressionof Interest to be a fairly high level, technical andadministrative information sheet, effectively, about the project, and details of anExpression of Interest, including our checklist, is available on our website.

You can also submit theExpression of Interest using the website providedon the slides today.

If you are shortlistedafter the Expression of Interest process, you’llthen be asked to submit a detailed applicationor a business case.

Now, we’ve actuallydistinguished now what projects would be requiredto submit a detailed application and thoseprojects that would be required to submita business case and, as you can seethere on the slide, for those that are under$5 million a detailed application would apply, and for those over $5 million a businesscase is required.

For the previousapplicants, so for those of you thathave already submitted applications underthe 2017 fund, we want to reassure youthat your application still does exist in oursystem and, in fact, you have the opportunityto actually proceed now to stage two, which meansthat you can actually go straight to the detailedapplication or business case phase.

This is only applicable ifthe project scope remains the same.

There will beopportunity, though, for you to actually amendthe funding request, including upping yourco-contribution in order to meet thecurrent guidelines.

However, if you do wantto revise the scope, we do actually encourageyou to submit a new Expression of Interestunder the new guidelines.

For those of you thathave submitted previous applications, you willactually be invited to attend a separate webinaron how to apply for step two.

So moving on nowto the key dates.

So what are the key datesfor this whole process? Now the due dates forapplications are now specified, and being4 May for Expressions of Interest at 5 o’clock.

So, again, appreciate thisis a short time frame, however, we are encouragedby the interest that we’ve already received to dateand also by the magnitude of the projects that weknow are out there and needed in regionalNew South Wales.

For those previousapplicants, we do ask that you submityour detailed applications also, being steptwo of the process, also by 4 Mayat 5 o’clock.

For those of you that areunder the 2018 guidelines, the shortlist for theExpressions of Interest will actually occurduring June this year, and we hope that thesuccessful detailed applications underthe 2017 will then be announced aroundthe same time.

And then detailedapplications or business cases will be due bythe end of August 2018.

So what is theavailable funding? Well, I’m pleasedto announce that the available fundinghas not changed.

There is still a total of$100 million available.

So successful projectsunder the 2017 guidelines will receive funding fromthis $100 million and, in fact, they couldreceive up to $50 million of the 100.

The balance of the100 after the 2017 applications, so atleast $50 million plus, will then be available forthose projects under the 2018 guidelines.


July 22, 2020



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