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;

32)      there is compliance with relevant standards, codes and guidelines;

33)      what is the degree of project readiness?

34)      what is the appropriateness and efficiency of the design for its intended use?

35)      what is the proponent’s ability to meet the proposed timetable?

36)      what is the level of quality assurance and quality control?

37)      what is the adequacy of the proposed operation and maintenance arrangements?

38)      there is an adequate environmental management system.

39)      Has the applicant demonstrated successful completion of past CPTIGS projects within the stated scope and time constraints (evidenced by completion reports)?

 

Is the overall proposal credible and comprehensive?

40)      can the Assessment Panel make a decision based only on the application?

41)      such other factors as Transport for NSW may consider relevant.

 Previous Recipients

LGAState electorateProponentProject descriptionTownsGrant approved
Upper HunterUpper HunterScone Neighbourhood Resource CentreSolar Transport lighting at bus interchange and signage Scone Railway Station Susan St SconeScone$17,708
MurrumbidgeeMurrumbidgeeMurumbidgee Shire Council2 Bus Stop SheltersDarlington Point, Waddi; Coleambally$125,000
NarranderaMurrumbidgeeNarrandera ShireCouncilConstruction of Amenities – Yapunyah Street BarellanBarellan$50,000
CabonneDubboCabonne CouncilMemorial Park Canowindra Country Link Bus StopCanowindra$23,200
Northern RiversTweedTransit Australia Group (Surfside Buslines)Tweed Shire Best Practice Passenger Timetable and Bus Stop Network map InitiativeTweed Heads; Pottsville; Murwillumbah$9,720
CowraBurrinjuckCowra Shire CouncilCHART Cowra Hail and Ride TerminalsCowra$34,000
UrallaNorthern TablelandsUralla Shire Council19 J Poles and 9 Seats ProjectUralla$31,330
GwydirNorthern TablelandsGwydir State CouncilWarialda Rail Countrylink Bus Stop Lighting ImprovementWarialda$6,000
YoungBurrinjuckYoung Shire CouncilLynch St Passenger Shelter & ImprovementsYoung$48,200
WalgettBarwonWalgett Shire CouncilTaxi Shelter at Walgett CBDWalgett$14,409
BerriganMurray DarlingBerrigan Shire CouncilFinley Bus Stop Relocation and UpgradeFinley$12,400
Port StephensPort StephensLions Club of Soldiers PointBus Shelter Modification – DisabledSalamander Bay; Anna Bay; One Mile; Salt Ash; Soldiers Pt; Corlette; Shoal Bay; Bobs Farm$7,500
Mid WesternBathurstMid Western Regional CouncilIlford Rest Stop AmenitiesIlford$35,000
NarrabriBarwonNarrabri Shire CouncilPilliga Bus ShelterPilliga$43,000
WarrenBarwonWarren Shire CouncilWarren Shire Bus Shelter EnhancementsWarren Nevertire$8,600
LismoreLismoreLismore City CouncilInstallation of new community shelter complying with disability standards for accessible public transportLismore$28,975
Liverpool PlainsUpper HunterLiverpool Plains Shire CouncilQuirindi Community Public Transport InfrastructureWillow Tree Quirindi$14,040
Port StephensPort StephensPort Stephens CouncilDDA Compliant Public Transport Infrastructure Port Stephens LGARaymond Terrace; Medowie; Corlette; Nelson Bay$160,000
WingecarribeeGoulburn; KiamaWingecarribee Shire CouncilWingecarribee Public Transport Access Improvement ProgramRobertson; New Berrima; Exeter; Colo Vale; Hill Top; Berrima Village; Mittagong$196,000
Yass ValleyBurrinjuckYass Valley CouncilCountry Passenger Bus StopYass$ 20,686
EurobadallaBegaEurobadalla Shire CouncillBus Shelter, The ManorCatalina$ 15,000
Bus Shelter, Southbound, Denhams BeachDenhams Beach$ 20,000
Bus Shelter, Southbound, BodallaBodalla$ 20,000
Bus Shelter, Northbound, BodallaBodalla$ 20,000
Port MacquariePort MacquariePort Macquarie-Hastings CouncilAccessible Bus SheltersLaurieton; Wauchope; Pt Macquarie; Lake Cathie; North Haven$ 120,000
CessnockCessnockCessnock City CouncilCessnock Public Transport Improvements ProgramNorth Rothbury; Heddon Greta; Kurri, Branxton; East Branxton; Abermain; Quorrobolong; Neath; Weston$ 109,632
DubboDubboDubbo City CouncilInstallation of a Bus Stop Facility in Darling St near intersection of Talbragar StDubbo$ 33,250
Installation of a Bus Stop Facility in Jack William DrDubbo$ 29,000
Installation of a Bus Stop Facility in Myall St near intersection of Websdale DrDubbo$ 29,000
Upgrade 3 existing bus shelter facilities in accordance with Disability StandardsDubbo$ 32,000
Greater TareeMyall LakesGreater Taree City CouncilKrambach Bus ShelterKrambach$ 17,600
Greater TareeMyall LakesGreater Taree City CouncilJ Poles etcTinonee; Burrell Creek$ 2,850
KiamaKiamaKiama Municipal CouncilPassenger Amenity Upgrades, KiamaKiama Gerringong$ 63,000
BoganBarwonBogan Shire CouncilVanges Park Bus ShelterNyngan$ 18,500
KempseyOxleyKempsey Shire CouncilYork St, CBD Taxi RankKempsey$ 40,000
Bus Shelter, Gordon Young Dr, South West RocksSouth West Rocks$ 10,200
Bus Shelter, Crescent Head CBDCrescent Head$ 10,200
$ 1,476,000