Economic appraisal of Narellan Sports Hub

Local government

Client

Camden Council (NSW)

Challenge

To model the economic and social benefits and impacts of upgrading the Narellan Sports Hub

Highlights

Community facilities can generate important social and community benefits in addition to the economic impacts

Results

The Narellan Sports Hub is expected to be a major economic and social driver for the local economy

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.id’s assessment highlights that projects like a sports hub or community facilities can generate important social and community benefits in addition to the economic impacts. Importantly, it demonstrates that the social benefits can be quantified.

.id’s economic appraisal of the Narellan Sports Hub found that the new facilities were needed to cater for the growth and that Narellan was an ideal location as it was centrally located in Camden local government area

The sports hub includes a 44-court netball complex, athletics facilities, sports grounds capable of being used by a variety of sporting codes and about 1000 car spaces. It will be located next to the existing sporting facilities at Narellan Park.

Business challenge

What are the economic benefits and economic impacts that could be generated by a $15 million upgrade to the Narellan Sports Hub? How does this project contribute to economic growth in the region? How does the project support disadvantage in the region?

The .id solution

.id’s undertook economic and socio-demographic analysis to demonstrate the need for the project. Profile.id was used to apply a model of sport and physical recreation participation rates by age and by sex for NSW (sourced from the ABS) to the Camden LGA population.

.id also developed a methodology to evaluate the economic and wider benefits of the proposed expansion to the Narellan Sports Hub, including:

  • Visitation Analysis
  • Benefit Cost Assessment
  • Economic Impact Assessment
  • Social Impact/Disadvantage Assessment.

The benefit cost framework is consistent with Treasury guidelines for the evaluation of capital projects. The benefit cost assessment estimated benefits and costs over a 20-year period and included Sensitivity Analysis to test the robustness of the framework

The key benefits quantified included:

  • Increased Revenue from Non-Local Visitation
  • User and Community Benefits
  • Productivity Benefits from reduced absenteeism
  • Avoided Health Costs

Outcomes – data driven success

The Narellan Sports Hub is expected to be a major economic and social driver for the local economy to:

  • generate economic output
  • diversify the economic base
  • attract new major events and tourists
  • respond to disadvantage in job access
  • encourage sports participation
  • enhance healthy lifestyles

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