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Batemans Bay Vision and Growth Project

Batemans Bay is the principal commercial centre in the Eurobodalla Shire and is a key destination for residents and visitors to the area. It is therefore critical that the town functions well, is open for business and is an attractive place to visit.

Ensuring good functionality, business activity and visual amenity require a range of different measures and the involvement of many stakeholders. Everyone in the community plays a part in a successful and prosperous Batemans Bay, from land owners to business operators to residents and visitors.  Council also has various roles to play, including the provision of infrastructure, management of the public domain, supporting economic development, supporting tourism and planning for the future.

To undertake good planning, it is important to know where we would like to be in the future.  What do we want Batemans Bay look to like in 2036?  It is also important that these questions be considered and answered by the community as a whole.

Successful communities tend to have one thing in common – an articulated, shared vision of where they want to go and of what things residents and businesses value in their community.  A shared vision for the future of Batemans Bay will set the scene for our collective actions, aimed to deliver that vision.

Batemans Bay Vision and Growth Workshop

On Thursday 1st December 2016, as part of a broader process of stakeholder and community engagement on a Batemans Bay Vision and Growth project, Eurobodalla Shire Council hosted a workshop with local business owners, land owners and community members to commence the development of a shared vision for the area and identify the ways in which this vision can be realised.

A booklet was prepared and provided to the participants prior to the workshop to set the scene for the project.  You can view the workshop booklet at the link below.

The workshop, which was facilitated by engagement consultants, KJA, included the following three sessions:

Out of the workshop, the following key values were identified:

The following key vision statements then emerged from these shared values:

You can download the full workshop report and appendices below.

Next steps

Broader community engagement on the ideas and concepts developed at the workshop, and from the series of village meetings organised by the Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce in November 2016, will be undertaken in early 2017.

Council will also be undertaking community engagement on a Draft Economic Growth and Development Strategy and we will be updating the community on the progress of planning for the Batemans Bay Bowling Club and Mackay Park Precinct.

We will provide more information about the next phase of engagement soon.

It is hoped that a final vision for the Batemans Bay town centre will be endorsed by Council and presented as a kind of “prospectus” for Batemans Bay that can be used to encourage investment and guide development and management outcomes.

The vision may also lead to changes to our planning controls for Batemans Bay.  If any changes are proposed in response to the vision, we will undertake further community engagement at that time.

Monash University Design Studio

In 2016, a group of architecture students from Monash University visited Batemans Bay as part of their course work.  The task set by their Senior Lecturer Markus Jung was to focus on the public spaces of Batemans Bay and to come up with some innovative and inspiring designs.

The students have kindly offered to provide their work to Council to display at our community engagement activities in early 2017.

The students’ work has not been commissioned by Council and is not endorsed or approved by Council as a formal part of the Batemans Bay Vision and Growth Project.

However, we do hope that the students’ designs inspire and generate a range of ideas for how Batemans Bay can be improved into the future.

We will upload the student’s work here as soon as we receive it.  We look forward to hearing your views on their work.