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This Week’s Highlight: Tasmanian AFL High-Performance Centre

Earlier this year, the federal government announced funding in the order of $240m for a new AFL stadium in Tasmania causing divided opinions both across the state and more broadly. The construction of the 23,000-seat stadium was a condition of the AFL granting a licence to Tasmania for a team that is expected to enter the competition in 2028. The state government has since entered into a funding and development agreement with the Australian Football League in May to establish a Tasmanian-based AFL and AFLW Club.

To complement this project, the Tasmanian Department of State Growth is seeking to deliver a high-performance sports training and administration facility. The state government undertook a preliminary needs analysis and potential site identification for the High-Performance Centre (HPC) in June. Tight project timelines necessitate choosing and securing a suitable site and obtaining associated development approvals without delay to commence construction and meet the timeframes embedded in the AFL Agreement.

The Tasmanian Government’s Request for Tender (RFT) process aims to identify and select a suitably qualified and experienced consultant to provide specialist project management, design management, and contract administration services to enable the delivery of a high-performance training and administration facility for the Tasmanian AFL team.

The appointed consultant will be required to operate under general direction of the Project Director and undertake a broad and complex range of specialist project management duties and responsibilities over the life of the project.

Tenderers must prequalify with the Department of Treasury and Finance’s scheme to be considered eligible. Tenderers must also be prequalified in the category of Project Management to the minimum financial limit of $500,000.

State Growth will evaluate approved tenders in a staged approach against weighted criteria.

Criterion 1 – Methodology and task appreciation (weighting 15%)

Criterion 2 – Capacity and recent relevant experience of the company (10%)

Criterion 3 – Experience and capability of nominated personnel (20%)

Criterion 4 – Price (30%) Criterion 5 – Economic and social benefits (weighting 25%)

The Contract is expected to commence February 24 and run for a period of 3.5 years.

The closing time and date for responses is 2 pm Hobart time on  29 November 2023.

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