Up to $200,000 is available to improve the amenity of passenger transport infrastructure in rural, regional and remote communities of NSW.

Objectives

The Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) provides support funding to improve the amenity of passenger transport infrastructure in rural, regional and remote communities of NSW i.e. outside the specified boundary of greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong metropolitan regions Transport for NSW administers the Scheme.

 Benefits sought from the Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants program include:

i)               local collaboration to improve passenger transport in rural areas;

ii)              leverage to extend local passenger transport infrastructure funding;

iii)            infrastructure to complement passenger service development;

iv)            public transport options for some country private vehicle journeys;

v)              making country passenger transport more attractive for all potential users;

vi)            improved information for country passengers; and

vii)           a more comfortable, secure and amenable environment for passengers.

 

What the grants cover

The Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grant cover capital costs of infrastructure projects, including GST (if recipient is registered for GST). While all projects are considered, the program usually provides basic infrastructure for public transport passengers such as:

1)    improved security and lighting;

2)    seating and shelters for bus, taxi or train passengers;

3)    passenger transport interchanges;

4)    passenger transport information boards, signs, etc;

5)    other passenger transport infrastructure or associated facilities to improve access to public transport; and

6)    minor works directly related to passenger transport infrastructure.

The Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grant does not provide funds for:

a)    research or studies;

b)    services;

c)    management;

d)    conveyances or enhancement to conveyances for use by transport providers;

e)    projects that benefit conveyances or drivers only, not passengers;

f)     lifecycle maintenance or recurrent costs;

g)    sealing or delineation of roads or airstrips;

h)   roadworks unrelated to a passenger transport infrastructure project;

i)     earthworks, drainage and pavement construction unless it is essential and directly associated with facilities and requires only a small proportion of the total funding sought;

j)      projects staged over more than two fiscal years;

k)    projects that are exclusively or predominantly for the use of school students;

l)     airports.

 

Who can apply?

Local government, incorporated community organisations, transport operators, and other interested organisations that have a current Australian Business Number are eligible.

 

Funding

There is no guarantee as to the amount of the funding in any particular year and proponents should not expect that funds will be available for a project in the future. Transport for NSW does not represent that projects approved for funding will receive all of the funds applied for.

Contributions from other sources will significantly enhance the approval prospects of a proposal. Proponents are encouraged to augment grants with cash or in kind contributions from their own or other organisations. For example, support may be available from local government, s94 levies, RTA Bus Priority Funding, local transport operators, work or goods in kind or other sources such as parking revenue. Passenger transport projects that incorporate infrastructure funded by the private sector are welcome.

Project definition should be succinctly and clearly articulated in the application. The application should be sufficiently well developed, through feasibility, design and site investigation, that it can provide a detailed and accurate project costing.  Copies of quotes for supplies should be included where possible.

Conditions that apply to grants are set out at Appendix C.  Each proponent (and grant recipient, if a different entity) acknowledges and agrees to these Conditions as a requirement of making the application.

GST will be provided for in the grant.  The amount applied for should be exclusive of GST (if the recipient is registered for GST).

 

Expert Assistance

The Assessment Panel will rank CPTIGS proposals relative to each other according to relevant items from the checklist below. We can assist with making your application stand out from the rest. Call us on (03) 9005 6789 to discuss how we assist clients win grants

There areas that we assist with demonstrating include:

How does the proposal benefit public transport passengers?

1)        the project aligns with published Transport for NSW policies and priorities;

2)        there is a demonstrated and achievable need for the facility;

3)        the proposed facility enhances viability of local or regional passenger transport operations;

4)        the project improves integration of modes and services;

5)        the project has a positive impact on existing infrastructure;

6)        there are local, social or community benefits;

7)        the project encourages greater patronage of public transport;

8)        the project innovates to the benefit of passengers or operators;

9)        the safety and security of passengers is enhanced;

10)      the project supports the use of passenger transport, walking and cycling;

11)      the project is included in a recognised State or Local Government Plan;

12)      the project supports access for all members of the community including aged, frail, people with disabilities, youth and families.

 

Is the proposal financially and economically sound and are other parties providing funding?

13)      there is a net economic benefit to the community;

14)      comparison has been made with any alternative solutions;

15)      the costing is detailed and reliable, with minimal contingency figures (detailed cost breakdown provided?);

16)      suitable provision for lifecycle maintenance, management and operational costs (these costs are not included in the grant and are to be covered by applicant or other funding source);

17)      is the project eligible for funding under any other program, and is such funding committed?

18)      there are copies of statements of support, and/or funding augmentation, provided;

19)      is there exposure to any on-going liabilities?

20)      the value for money of the total project (not just the requested grant);

21)      what is the credibility of any assumptions, modelling and patronage forecasts?

22)      what is the level and nature of any risk and how is it addressed?

 

What community support is there for the proposal?

23)      has the application been coordinated as a local or regional priority?

24)      the community supports the proposal and has contributed to project design;

25)      what is the adequacy of consultation with community, transport providers, Local Government and other relevant stakeholders?

26)      does the local Regional Transport Coordinator and any Transport Working Group support the proposal?

27)      adequate coordination with other stakeholders such as Government departments, RailCorp and relevant Authorities?

28)      relevant passenger transport operators support the proposal (evidence of support attached?).

 

Are necessary approvals likely to be obtained, especially from Local Government, and is there adequate capacity to design, deliver and maintain the project?

29)      Local Government has approved the construction plans or given DA approval;

30)      the design meets the desirable passenger outcome objectives;

31)      the proponent’s experience and capacity to design and deliver the proposal;

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