Visitor Infrastructure Program Preliminary Business Case

Visitor Infrastructure Program Preliminary Business Case

Client | National Parks and Wildlife Service
Location | New South Wales
Role | Preliminary Business Case Management and Development, Economic and Financial Analyses, Technical Services

Corview, together with Jacobs, developed the Visitor Infrastructure Program Preliminary Business Case on behalf of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (administered through the Office of Environment and Heritage).

In November 2014, the NSW Government’s State Infrastructure Strategy Update committed to significant investment in new infrastructure across a wide range of sectors, including environmental assets. In particular, $300 million was committed to investment in a Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Program to support the regional visitor economy[1].  In early 2015, in response to this opportunity, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS), part of OEH, called for internal project submissions, which were subject to evaluation under the Visitor Infrastructure Program Evaluation and Prioritisation Framework.

The visitor infrastructure initiatives primarily relate to investment in assets with relatively small capital costs. These initiatives can further be broken up into separate asset elements. The capital costs associated with the different elements typical range from under $1 million to approximately $5 million.  Walking tracks, bike trails and multi-use pathways comprise the largest group of proposed asset investment, followed by investment in buildings, including both heritage and non-heritage combined. These works include expanding existing visitor infrastructure, delivering new retail and commercial opportunities, and providing new accommodation alternatives, with many buildings proposed to be repurposed for short and long stay accommodation options. Insert background and reason for the project.

Scope of Work

  • Preliminary business case management and development
  • Economic and financial analyses
  • Technical services

Key Achievements

  • Development of the Visitor Infrastructure Program Evaluation and Prioritisation Framework
  • Project evaluation under the Visitor Infrastructure Program Evaluation and Prioritisation Framework
  • Ongoing assistance with INSW gateway assurance process including development of INSW template forms, preparation for gateway assurance and attendance at gateway assurance interviews

[1] Source: Infrastructure NSW, State Infrastructure Strategy Update 2014, Recommendations to the NSW Government, November 2014. It is anticipated that relevant state government agencies will be able to apply for funding under this initiative, commencing with the 2017-18 state Budget funding cycle.